Laurens de Bock will be leaving Leeds United this summer, according to a report by SDNA.
The Greek media outlet have revealed an agreement between the Championship outfit and Aris Thessaloniki has been reached for a loan deal.
However, it is claimed they will need to progress in the Europa League and overcome Cypriot rivals AEL Limassol on Thursday for any deal to be concluded as it would provide them with the additional funds to make it easier to complete.
Having signed a four-and-a-half-year deal when he joined in January 2018 for a £1.5million transfer fee (The Sun), life in England really did not go as De Bock would have wanted when he joined the Whites.
The 26-year-old played a bit-part role for both Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom in the 2017/18 campaign as he featured in just seven Championship matches (Transfermarkt). That was followed by an underwhelming time at KV Oostende as they decided against turning his temporary stay into a permanent one (Voetbal 24) as he made just 23 appearances for the Belgian outfit.
The left-back revealed last summer that Marcelo Bielsa did not force him to leave, by stating that he felt he needed to look elsewhere because of Barry Douglas’ arrival.
“The coach [Heckingbottom] wanted me to leave, but was fired in June,” De Bock told HLN. “Under Bielsa I did not have to leave this month, but after the arrival of a new left back I thought it better to be loaned.
“Bielsa has a lot of appeal, it is as if he invented football. I learned a lot from his vision and philosophy. Leeds was an adventure in itself and I feel like I’m coming back a bit more mature.”
However, those opinions seem to have changed in recent times as, according to a report by Football Insider, Bielsa has no plans for De Bock and wants him to leave Leeds permanently this summer.
An exit appears to have been on the cards for a while, so it should not come as a surprise that De Bock is on the verge of leaving Elland Road once again.
Hopefully, Aris see off Limassol and are in a position to complete the alleged loan deal.
If anything, perhaps, it is disappointing that a move will only be a temporary one rather than one whereby Leeds and Bielsa finally be rid of him permanently, as it seems pretty clear that he has no future with the Yorkshire outfit.
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