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Leeds United’s Samu Saiz leaves Elland Road for Girona

Midfielder leaves Elland Road after two seasons for a return to Spain

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Leeds United have confirmed that Samu Saiz has left the club and joined Segunda Division side Girona. Saiz joined Leeds from Huesca two summers ago and was sent out on loan to La Liga side Getafe in last January’s transfer window. However, he failed to impress on loan to the surprise Europa League qualifiers. Getafe were in Champions League contention up until the final match of the season, only to be beaten to the final spot by Valencia.

Per the club’s official website:

Leeds United attacking midfielder Samuel Saiz has today joined La Liga outfit Girona for an undisclosed fee.

The 28-year-old, who spent time on loan at Getafe last season, joined Leeds from Huesca in the summer of 2017 and departs Elland Road having made 58 appearances in all competitions.

We wish Samu all the best for the future.

It’s not surprising to see Saiz return to Spain, and to be honest, despite his glorious debut, he never quite seemed the same player after his six-match ban for spitting on an opponent during the FA Cup loss at Newport County.

Saiz was also interviewed by police in regards to a match-fixing controversy in Spain reportedly involving former teammates, and so his value has plummeted in the past six months.

At least Leeds have gotten another high-wage off the books of a player who will not feature this season, so perhaps the club bring in another player? Perhaps a defender? Please?