Noel Whelan has tipped Samuel Saiz for a certain Leeds United exit as Valencia lead the race to make his return to Spain a permanent one.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker believes Marcelo Bielsa will have insisted during talks with club chiefs that they cash in on the playmaker this season.
Saiz abruptly quit in mid-season to join Getafe on loan after complaining of being homesick and is keen on quitting Leeds two years after joining from Huesca for £3million.
Football Insider revealed on Tuesday night that Valencia have offered around £2.5million for the 28-year-old despite his disappointing spell at their La Liga rivals.
“He won’t be at Leeds next season, that’s for sure,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He’s a gifted player but some of his behaviour – the spitting incident, his attitude at the end of his first season – was a disgrace.
“Mr Bielsa wants players he can trust, who buy into his methods. Saiz did quite well at the start of the season but he’s difficult to manager and it would be Bielsa’s worst nightmare if he was still at the club for pre-season.
“You can be sure he will be asking the club to accept any decent offers for him.”
Getafe have rejected the opportunity to convert Saiz’s loan into a permanent move that would have cost £6million.
Nevertheless, Leeds are confident of finding a buyer in Spain for the attacking midfielder that matches their valuation of the player.
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