Leeds United decision to sell Oriol Rey could backfire

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

Leeds have sold youngster Oriol Rey.

Dark Clouds form over Elland road as First Division football becomes a reality during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on May...

Leeds United have sold youngster Oriol Rey to Real Valladolid, the club confirmed

Rey had not been involved in any of Leeds' pre-season friendlies after his return from his loan spell.

Leeds impressed fans when they signed Rey in 2017 from Barcelona.

His first season for the under-23s went well, starring in both midfield and defence. After a loan at Spanish second division side Conquense, it was unclear what his future may hold.

 

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has evidently cleared Rey's sale, but it could be one the Whites' regret, having failed to give Rey a proper chance.

For a start, the fact he has been signed by a La Liga side is telling.

He has been given a three-year deal, showing Valladolid believe in his talent.

Marcelo Bielsa the head coach

Rey is a versatile player with strong passing and technical ability. It is a shame he hasn't had a real chance to shine at Leeds.

At just 21, Rey can still improve. It's a shame Leeds aren't back him to do so with them, and if he starts excelling in La Liga, the Whites could quickly end up looking silly.

His value will soar, and he could be worth millions. Leeds might have just given away a valuable asset.

General views of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland Road on December 03, 2016 in Leeds, England.

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