Lugo president not happy with how Leeds United's Alfonso Pedraza deal occurred

Leeds' Alfonso Pedraza

The Spaniard arrived from Villarreal on transfer deadline day.

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland RoadGeneral view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

Last month Leeds United concluded a deal to sign Spanish talent Alfonso Pedraza on loan from Villarreal.

He arrives with a good reputation and has the option to join on a permanent deal should Leeds earn promotion. The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that fee as being in the region of £8.5 million.

But he spent the first half of this season on loan at Spanish second tier side Lugo. His good form for the club helped them to eighth in the table and they are in a fight for the play-off promotion places.

However, his former loan club are not pleased with the deal. Their president Tino Saques was not pleased the club were left with no time to find a replacement for the player. He is quoted by La Vanguardia as stating:

"We understand that a negotiation of that draft with an English club would take seven or ten days to be sure and would have to be communicated to Lugo so we could be able to sign a substitute if we understood it necessary.

“When two parties reach a compromise for the transfer of a player, they have to communicate.

Leeds' Alfonso PedrazaLeeds' Alfonso Pedraza

"What cannot be is that three days before (deadline shuts) we are told, ‘gentlemen, this boy is going to Leeds’. Logically there is an exit clause, paying the CD Lugo has nothing to say.”

Leeds United were of course not to blame for this with the La Liga side taking the blame from Lugo. Pedraza left Lugo in amicable terms and the report claims Leeds had to pay the club £254,000 to secure his early loan release.

Leeds fans will just hope he has as big an impact at Elland Road as he clearly did at Lugo.

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