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According to Football Insider, Leeds United have given Samu Saiz until July 15 to find himself a new club or else he will have to report back to first-team training with the Whites.
It’s been no secret that the Spaniard is unhappy with life in England, and he has been looking for a way out of Elland Road. The Whites have reportedly already knocked back a loan offer from Spain for the attacking midfielder.
Saiz’s desire to get out of England is well-documented. As Phil Hay stated, he is ‘mentally finished’ and ‘his race in England is run’, but a permanent move away from the Yorkshire club hasn’t materialised for him quite yet.
Last year Saiz had a temporary escape from the British Isles as he went out on loan to Getafe, but this summer the Whites are unwilling to grant him a loan move as they would rather get a fee for the 28-year-old.
Leeds are playing a very dangerous game in handing their midfield maestro this ultimatum.
Giving Saiz less than a fortnight to find a move adds pressure for him to rush to find a potential suitor, and it may lead to the Elland Road outfit getting a worse deal for their man.
This isn’t the only issue though. If Saiz can’t find anyone who wants him by July 15 he will have to return to first-team training, and Football Insider claim Leeds have no intention of bringing him on the tour of Australia.
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Bringing him back to Thorp Arch for training could just stir the pot at the club and create a negative atmosphere around the training ground as a player who doesn’t want to be there is forced into playing with a group of players who are trying to prepare for a promotion push next term.
On top of that, buying clubs will offer a lot less for a player who has been training on his own, not participating in the club’s pre-season tour, as opposed to one that is fresh and raring to go.