WIll Leeds United ace Samu Saiz be playing Champions League rather than Championship football next season? La Liga giants Valencia are being linked.
Samu Saiz is unlikely to form part of Leeds United’s plans going forward after failing to secure a permanent move to Getafe, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post – but he is not short of options as he weighs up his future.
Saiz was one of Victor Orta’s first signings at Leeds, arriving at Elland Road in the summer of 2017 from Spanish second tier outfit Huesca. And the Spanish schemer quickly became a fans’ favourite with his vision and skill bamboozling plenty of Championship defenders.
But, just 18 months into a four year deal, Saiz forced a short-term loan move to Getafe after growing unsettled in West Yorkshire.
Though the deal could hardly have gone worse for everyone involved. Leeds, short of his creativity, threw away their dreams of promotion while the 28-year-old was handed just two starts for a Getafe side who narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification on the final game of the season.
As a result, Getafe have no interest in signing Saiz permanently for £6 million. According to the YEP, however, his struggles at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez has not put off a number of rival Spanish clubs while Saiz also has interest from ‘at least one other country’.
According to El Gol Digital earlier this month, Valencia boss Marcelino is keen to sign the playmaker for £5.5 million. Ironically, Los Che beat Getafe to that final Champions League spot so Saiz could be playing in Europe’s premier club competition next season.