The former striker, who impressed the Elland Road board with an in-depth presentation during his interview, played under Cruyff at Barcelona when the late Dutch legend handed him a four-year deal. "But I am very excited and believe we can do good things". "I have said many times I would like to be in Spain, Germany, England and now I have this big opportunity to come to Leeds".
They ended their three-week search for Monk's replacement last Thursday and in Christiansen have installed a head coach who said he will stand or fall by his footballing principles. I need to understand who wants to play for Leeds and not the money.
"But having my ideas - I will die with my ideas, my philosophy".
Derbyshire, who scored a stunning victor for Forest against Leeds in December 2013, was the subject of interest from Christiansen during his time as APOEL Nicosia head coach and now he wants to bring him to Elland Road, according to the Daily Mail.
"Last year they finished seventh and I hope to do better this season". "I believe with good work we can achieve that".
He guided APOEL to the last 16 of the Europa League and their domestic league title in his only season in charge, but his 12-month contract was not renewed and he departed on May 25.
Derbyshire was in red hot form for rivals Omonia Nicosia last season, netting 26 goals from 37 appearances in all competitions, and Leeds are likely to consider a move for a new goalscorer to complement current star Chris Wood.
"This is something we're going to talk about internally, " Christiansen added. It was my first choice and target when I heard about it.