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Christiansen comfirms Diagouraga has left Leeds

The midfielder was nowhere near first team plans so this is best for everyone involved

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Toumani Diagouraga has left Leeds United having had his contract cancelled by mutual consent following a very unsatisfactory spell at the club.

Thomas Christiansen confirmed the news in his press conference before the match with Nottingham Forest.

The club confirmed the departure of the player known as “Dave” shortly after the press conference.

The Paris born midfielder was on the books at Paris Saint-Germain but moved to Watford as a youngster where he was highly rated, playing a vital role as Watford got to the FA Youth Cup final in 2005. Any fans of the “Football Manager” series around this time will remember he got very good on that particular game.

He was sent out on loan to Swindon Town, Rotherham United, and Hereford United before joining Hereford permanently where he had a successful spell which earned him a move to Peterborough, then a move to Brentford.

His spell at Brentford was very successful and he was a key part of the side as they got promoted to the Championship and over his six-year stint he made 246 appearances, scoring seven goals.

In January 2016 he made the move to Leeds United for £575,000, making his debut in a 1-1 draw against his former club Brentford. He scored his first goal for Leeds four days later in a 2-1 win against Bolton in the FA Cup. The goal was met with great surprise given his goal record at his previous employers.

In April 2016 he scored two goals in consecutive matches to help Leeds seal a 3-2 win over Reading and a 2-1 over Wolves (The Wolves match being more well-known for Sol Bamba scoring a screamer from 25 yards out).

He was a useful player for Leeds during the second half of the 2015/16 season. Although he never set the world on fire he was usually solid enough in the middle of midfield and was a decent performer for the Steve Evans led side.

Diagouraga started the 2016/17 season in the starting XI for the 3-0 opening day defeat against Queens Park Rangers. Following this performance he immediately dropped down the pecking order and fairly soon was nowhere close to the first team. He spent the second half of the season on loan at Ipswich Town, making 12 starts for the Tractor Boys.

This season “Dave” played a few games at centre-back in pre-season but once he wasn’t taken on the pre-season tour to Austria the writing was on the wall. He leaves the club having scored three goals in 20 appearances for Leeds.

He is not expected to be without a club for long having been linked heavily with Bristol City, Barnsley, MK Dons and Portsmouth.