Exclusive: Leeds 26-yr-old heading back but Bielsa wants him to find new club
Lauren De Bock is heading back to Leeds United within weeks but the club intend to offload him this summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The left-back, 26, has spent the season on loan at Belgian top-tier side K.V. Oostende after he was frozen out of the United side at the start of the campaign.
A club source has told Football Insider that Marcelo Bielsa does not see a role for De Bock at Leeds regardless of which division the club are in next season and he is being encouraged to find new permanent employers.
Oostende have no plans to convert the former Belgium Under-21 international’s loan into a permanent deal after signing left-back Borja Nastic in January with a view to joining full-time in the summer.
De Bock has been in and out of the Oostende side, starting two of the last three matches in the unfamiliar positions of left midfield and centre-back after an extended spell on the sidelines.
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He was expected to make a big impact for the first team when he arrived at Elland Road from Club Brugge for a fee of £1.5million in January of last year on a four-and-a-half year contract.
But he struggled in the second half of last season and did not make the Leeds squad for the first four matches of the campaign before he headed to Oostende.
United’s willingness to sell De Bock comes at a time when they are struggling in the left-back slot, with Barry Douglas, Ezgjan Alioski and Leif Davis all ruled out for the season after undergoing knee surgery and Stuart Dallas breaking down with a knee injury of his own against Aston Villa last weekend.
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