There is no denying that every match Leeds United play from now to the end of the season in the Championship is extremely important. Marcelo Bielsa’s side sit just two points behind Norwich City in the table, despite having led the standings for much of the campaign.
One man that played a small role in helping them achieve that status in the first part of the season was Samu Saiz, however, he subsequently returned to Spain in December for personal reasons, per Yorkshire Evening Post.
And, despite struggling for game-time at Getafe following his arrival, it appears one club could be prepared to take the playmaker off of Leeds’ hands in the summer permanently.
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According to a report by El Gol, Valencia are thought to be keen on the Spaniard as they look to bolster their own attacking options.
It is claimed that they would take the 28-year-old without any doubt and see him as an immediate replacement for Denis Cheryshev, who would return to Villarreal following his loan spell at the Mestalla.
The Elland Road faithful will have been disappointed to see how far Saiz has fallen in the past few months after an incredible debut season at Leeds.
The playmaker was an influential figure for Thomas Christiansen and Paul Heckingbottom in the previous campaign, however, he is understood to have struggled with personal reasons and did not quite have the same impact under Bielsa.
The move to Valencia may come as a surprise for the 28-year-old, considering that he has hardly made an impression with Getafe following his winter move as he has been left out of the team on a number of occasions, although Los Che were linked with a swoop for him last summer as well, per El Gol.
Whilst a return to Leeds never looked too likely, staying in Spain looks like a real possibility for Saiz.
The Whites could do with a player of his quality in the final stages of the Championship campaign, as they look to cement their place in the automatic promotion spot and make their long-awaited return to the Premier League.
Jack Clarke has been impressive with his performances and if he and the likes of Pablo Hernandez can continue with their fine creative form, top-flight football should be on the cards for the club next season.
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