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Forgotten man Laurens de Bock is on his way out of Leeds United, with HLN reporting that he is in talks over a move to Zulte Waregam.

Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since this £1.5 million defender pulled on an iconic white shirt.

De Bock’s most recent appearance at Elland Road came in a 2-2 draw with Bristol City in February 2018, starting alongside Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Vurnon Anita and Felix Wiedwald in West Yorkshire.

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That sentence alone should have Leeds fans everywhere wondering where Marcelo Bielsa’s statue should be situated.

The Argentine tactician has re-awakened a sleeping giant while getting a whole host of misfit signings off the books.

Bizarrely enough, however, 27-year-old De Bock has another two seasons remaining on his Leeds contract.

But considering that Bielsa has not given him even the briefest sniff of a chance since the managerial messiah answered the prayers of Whites supporters in the summer of 2018, you would get long odds on De Bock ever wearing the club’s colours again.

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Especially after he struggled so badly during an ill-fated loan spell at Sunderland this season.

The Black Cats cancelled his season-long deal in January, after a proud old club suffered their first FA Cup round one exit in 95 years at the hands of Gillingham.

So, with De Bock holding talks over a return to Belgium with Zulte Waregam, do not expect anyone at Elland Road to stand in his way.

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