Leeds United attacking midfielder Adryan has suggested to The Yorkshire Evening Post one reason why he is not playing at the moment.
The 20-year-old has made only 12 appearances in the Championship for Leeds so far this season since joining the Whites from Flamengo on a season-long loan deal in the summer of 2014.
Adryan is highly rated and is said to be a huge talent, but he has struggled to make head coach Neil Redfearn’s matchday squads in recent weeks.
The Brazilian youngster is unlikely to be part of the Leeds team for today’s Championship clash against Nottingham Forest at Elland Road today, as he featured for the club’s development squad against the Reds at Thorp Arch yesterday.
The Brazil Under-20 international has now suggested why he is not playing much at the moment.
“Maybe I’m not playing because he wants to buy my cheaper. If I play good, maybe other clubs will come and get me. I don’t know, it’s impossible.
“I want to stay in England and stay in Leeds. But if it’s like this all the year, I don’t know. I don’t want it to stay like this for another season.”
Leeds have an option to sign Adryan from Flamengo on a permanent deal at the end of the season, but, according to The Yorkshire Evening Post, they would have to pay as much as £3 million to make it happen.
If the 20-year-old does not play or plays badly, then his market value will go down, which means that the Whites could be able to recruit him on a price lower than £3m.
If indeed Adryan is not being played because Massimo Cellino thinks that he can sign him on a bargain deal at the end of the season, then it is very shrewd of the Italian
However, not playing Adryan now because of that is not necessarily a good idea. This is a key stage in the development of the player, and him virtually wasting one whole year of his career is not helpful either now or in the long term.
But one needs to remember that it is purely Adryan’s opinion that Cellino has asked Redfearn not to play him to get him on the cheap.