James had agreed to the terms of a loan transfer to Elland Road in January 2019 for a permanent move of £ 10 million just so that Swansea disconnected at the last minute.
Then President Huw Jenkins was not satisfied with the terms of the transfer and six months later, the Swans sold the signed Welsh winger to United for £ 15 million.
James recalled his great disappointment at this deadline, saying: “I arrived at Elland Road around 6 pm, I took all the photos with my shirt, all the interviews, because they wanted her to come out on morning. It was strange then.
“It’s around 9:00 pm and I signed all the papers, then it was club to club. I had people who text me and say, “what’s going on? And I didn’t know.
“It only took 15 minutes for me to think” it might not happen now. “
“I ended up calling the president [of Swansea] to ask him what was going on. It was a little crazy. Then it was not done and I threw my phone away.
“I thought it was not real. The Leeds CEO was not happy at the time, but it was just a homecoming affair. It was a very strange situation and I think it helped me in some ways. “
James began his career at United this season by making his debut against Chelsea.
He then scored in three of his first four games, then ended his long seven-month drought when he scored in the LASK United Europa League match.
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