By Abigail Withey 

Leeds United have confirmed that defensive midfielder Toumani Diagouraga has left the club by mutual agreement.

The Whites announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Friday that the 30-year-old had secured a move away from Elland Road, but didn’t reveal whether he had joined another club.

The French midfielder penned his deal with the Whites back in January 2016 and was originally set to remain at the club until 2018.

Throughout his time at United, Diagouraga made a total of 20 appearances across all competitions where he scored three goals.

During his time with Leeds the Frenchman travelled away to Ipswich Town for half a year in a loan spell, where he featured in 12 of the Suffolk club’s matches.

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However, the midfielder failed to secure his spot back in the first-team after his return and remained out of the squad for all of their opening matches of the season.

Football Insider verdict

The decision to part ways with Diagouraga was probably the best choice for both parties, as the midfielder has had a difficult time trying to break into the first-team. With Thomas Christiansen’s appointment the Frenchman found himself even further in the pecking order and a closure to his time at Elland Road looked inevitable. The 30-year-old has showed that he is talented, especially within the Championship, so a move to a fellow rival could be the best choice for him as he goes on the hunt for a new club. Fans will be sad to see Diagouraga go, but it’s unlikely that his departure will have much of an impact on the squad’s performance during their 2017/18.

In other Leeds news, Christiansen has given his thoughts on reported top-flight interest in one of his senior squad members.

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