Could Amadou Haidara have a reprieve following announcement of Leeds United's released list?

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

The Leeds United defender may have another season to prove his worth.

Leeds United manager Garry Monk before the match

The curious case of Leeds United's Amadou Haidara may have just got a little more curious, with the French defender's name conspicuous by its absence on the recently published released and retained list.

While six players, including four under-23 options, have been released by the Whites, there is no mention of Haidara.

When you also consider the fact he was not mentioned alongside the likes of Tom Pearce and Romario Viera in earning new deals, it seems he was initially offered a two-year contract at Elland Road, even if no official announcement was ever made.

Haidara arrived at Leeds somewhat clandestinely, with no fanfare and supporters only becoming aware of his arrival via social media and his subsequent inclusion in the club's second string squad.

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He could of course slip out the backdoor as we previously suggested at HITC, but given his regular appearances for Leeds' under-23s there would surely be an official announcement if he had been shown the exit alongside the likes of Alex Purver, Michael Taylor and Jack Vann.

Only time will tell if Haidara continues to feature for Leeds' second string next season, but assuming he does, it is somewhat bizarre that the club offered him a two-year deal with no official announcement and seemingly no way into the first-team squad considering he is now 23.

Revie Stand, Elland Road. Leeds United v Accrington Stanley, League Cup 2014

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