Leeds United managing director Angus Kinnear has bluntly stated that Samuel Saiz' January departure from Leeds is 'best for the club'.
The Championship leaders confirmed earlier this month on their official website that Saiz will be joining La Liga outfit Getafe on loan from January until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old's departure from Elland Road could be made permanent in the summer as the club confirmed in their official statement.
As expected, Saiz leaves a big hole in the middle of the park for Leeds, who are pushing for promotion to the Premier League this season.
Managing director Kinnear commented on the Saiz loan deal and why the Spaniard departing the club is the best for all parties.
"The club has one of the best player support networks at our level and we provide everything that is needed to give our players the best chance to be successful,” Kinnear told the club's Matchday programme, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"However, ultimately we cannot be in a position where any element of the squad is allowed to depart from the unbelievable level of commitment, passion and focus they have shown this season. We wish Samu the best in La Liga and know that the collective decision was the best for the club."
Over the course of this season, Saiz played 21 games in all competitions, scoring one goal and supplying three assists - all of which came in the Championship.
Since it was announced that Saiz is going to leave, Leeds have won three games on the bounce, including scoring two injury-time goals to beat Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day.
As a result of winning seven games on the bounce under Marcelo Bielsa, his side are sitting top of the Championship table, three points ahead of second-placed Norwich and six points ahead of third-placed West Brom.
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