Date: 4th July 2019 at 6:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey

Samuel Saiz has just under a fortnight to find a new club or he must report back to Leeds United, Football Insider understands.

The playmaker, 28, is trying to secure a permanent move to a club in his native Spain after spending the second half of last season on loan at Getafe.

A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Saiz must secure new employers by 15 July or head back to Thorp Arch to train with his parent club.

Saiz is eager to avoid that scenario and United manager Marcelo Bielsa is also keen for him to be sold before the transfer window shuts next month.

Leeds have no plans to take the Spaniard on their pre-season tour of Australia at the end of next week but are keen for him to be sold permanently rather than go out on loan again.

As revealed by Football Insider, the club have already knocked back loan offers from Spain for Saiz, who abruptly quit in the middle of last season when United were well placed to secure promotion.

The attacking midfielder made little impression at Getafe and they decided not to take up the £6million option in his loan deal to sign him on a permanent transfer.

Leeds accept they are unlikely to get that fee for Saiz after he started just two league games among 13 appearances in all competitions for the Madrid-based club and scored a single goal.

Nevertheless, the player signed from Huesca for around £3million in 2017 has a fine track record in Spain as well as at Leeds, where his 58 matches have yielded 10 goals and 12 assists.

He also has two years remaining on his contract.

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