EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United have terminated the contract of defender Amadou Haidara, according to the Football Association.
New documents registered with the governing body show that the centre-back, 24, had his deal with the club cancelled by mutual consent on 20 February.
There has been no announcement from Leeds about the exit of Haidara, but paperwork on the official FA website shows that an agreement was reached last month for the Frenchman to end his association with the Championship outfit.
Haidara signed for Leeds in 2016 but did not make a single senior appearance.
The former Nantes defender was a member of the Under-23s squad and played in quite a few games, but he is now on the lookout for a new club.
Football Insider verdict
Leeds’ Under-23s squad has had a major facelift since Andrea Radrizzani took control of the club and employed Victor Orta as director of football. Some players have already been shifted out, such as Eoghan Stokes, and now Haidara is the latest confirmed exit after his contract was ripped up. It was very strange that Leeds signed the Frenchman but did not announce it, even though he went public with in on his personal Instagram page. Haidara’s deal was due to end in the summer anyway and the early exit paves the way for him to find a new club and, assuming his contract was not paid up in full, for Leeds to save a few quid.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that NINE senior players at the club are in Radrizzani’s firing line and fighting for their jobs.