Laurens De Bock appears to have reassured Aris Thessaloniki fans that he will be leaving Leeds United imminently to join up with them.
Speaking to fansite All About ARIS, the Belgian defender revealed that he expects the loan deal to be completed in the next few days.
Via Google translate, he said: “All is well. We found them with ARIS and in the next few days I will be in Thessaloniki.”
There may have been some doubts about whether a move was going to go ahead as news regarding it had appeared to go rather quiet. SDNA had reported a couple of weeks ago that De Bock was expected to join up with Aris ‘imminently’ back then following their progression in the Europa League but the adage of ‘no news is good news’ looks to have come true in this scenario.
Indeed, completing a deal is a positive thing for everyone involved, including Leeds as they are also believed to be in a position to make some money in the future if everything goes to plan.
Kristof Terreur revealed a few weeks back that Aris will have an option to turn the loan deal into a permanent switch for €500,000 (£458k).
An exit was always on the cards though, as a report by Football Insider claimed Marcelo Bielsa had no plans for the Belgian left-back and wanted him to leave Elland Road permanently this summer, although it appears the Championship outfit have had to compromise with another temporary deal.
His career over the past few seasons has stalled badly, as he was hardly afforded the opportunities when he was in Yorkshire either. Having signed a four-and-a-half-year deal when he joined in January 2018 for a £1.5million transfer fee (The Sun), he featured in just seven Championship matches (Transfermarkt) for Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom.
Bielsa and Leeds have been active this summer in offloading deadwood as a number of players have all had to pack their bags after being given their marching orders (Transfermarkt) and it appears they will finally be able to wave goodbye to De Bock imminently (or so they hope!).
Although the deal in place might only be temporary, there will surely be a sense of hope that the 26-year-old does not return to Elland Road next summer and that the Whites have some extra cash in their pocket.
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