Toumani Diagouraga makes an admission about Leeds pre-season

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga applauds fans

Leeds United midfielder Toumani Diagouraga says that he does not like pre-season training.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga comes on as a substitute

Leeds United midfielder Toumani Diagouraga has told LUTV that he does not like pre-season training.

The Championship outfit have started pre-season training, as they prepare for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.

Diagouraga has admitted that he does not like pre-season, but he has made it clear that he understands its importance.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga comes on as a substitute

“I don’t like it,” Diagouraga told LUTV. “I don’t mind running in the game, but I am not a big fan of pre-season.”

“You might not like it, but that’s what we have to do if we want to achieve what we want to achieve during the season,” added the midfielder.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga applauds fans

Diagouraga joined Leeds from Championship rivals Brentford in the January transfer window and proved to be an instant hit at Elland Road.

In 16 league appearances for the Whites, the midfielder scored two goals and created nine chances.

The 29-year-old had a pass accuracy of 85% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and won six headers, seven dribbles and 10 tackles.

Diagouraga will be an important player for Leeds during the 2016-17 campaign.

The West Yorkshire outfit will be aiming to push for the Championship playoffs under new head coach Garry Monk.

Leeds have been quite active in the summer transfer window so far, signing defender Kyle Bartley on a season-long loan deal from Swansea City and striker Marcus Antonsson from Kalmar FF.

Leeds' Toumani Diagouraga in action with Birmingham's David Davis

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