Stuart Dallas has committed his future to Leeds (Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Stuart Dallas claims Leeds are motivated by their critics’ desire to see them fail.
Dallas has just signed a new three-year deal with Leeds and knows some people hope they fall after they finished ninth last season to make a successful return to the Premier League.
The Northern Ireland star says Leeds feed off their ill feeling and will use it to spur them on when the new campaign starts.
“We have set that level, that benchmark last season, where we want to be,” said the midfielder.
“We know expectations are going to rise, the pressure is going to rise, we’re going to be under the microscope more because of how we did last season.
Stuart Dallas celebrates his winner at Manchester City which was voted Leeds' Goal of the Season
(Image: Michael Regan/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
“People will be looking at us, wanting us to fall, wanting us to fail because that’s the way the football world works, especially at a club like this, not everyone likes us.
“But we like that, it gives us a pressure and it’s something we have to embrace.
“It’s important we aim high and are ambitious and try and catch the teams who finished above us last season.”
Dallas, 30, has committed his future to Elland Road until 2024 and hopes the next three years can be even better than his first six with the club.
He has grown with Leeds, winning the Championship in 2019 and helping them record their best finish last season since 2002.
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Last season’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season has become key to Leeds and he started every Premier League match and scored eight goals.
“My six years here have been a journey, a lot of ups and downs, more ups in the last couple of years than downs,” said Dallas.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of a journey. I’ve loved every minute of it and hopefully there’s more to come.
“I’m buzzing, delighted and happy I’ve signed my new deal.
“This is home for me. Since I first came to the club, the fans have taken to me like one of their own.
“This is home for my family as well and my kids are growing up here, they’re settled here.
“No matter what happens, this will always be my home. It’s a special place for me, it’s a bit like back home for me and the people here are nice.
“The fans have really taken to me, I’ve got a special connection. This is a good place to play football.”