Revealed: Costa 'won't play for Leeds again' after deal agreed
Helder Costa has played his last match for Leeds United, Football Insider has been told.
The door is still open for the winger, 27, to return to Elland Road when his loan spell at Valencia comes to an end.
Costa, who joined United from Wolves in a £15million deal last year after an initial season on loan, has a Leeds contract that runs until 2024.
But a Leeds source has told Football Insider today that there is no expectation from senior figures at the club that Costa will wear the club jersey again in a competitive match.
Valencia have an option to convert the loan into a permanent deal at the end of the season, although they have no obligation to do so.
Notwithstanding that, Costa and his representatives now believe his playing style is best suited to the Spanish and Portugese leagues.
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The Portugal international has spent the last five years in England since joining Wolves, initially on loan from Benfica.
But he struggled to make an impact in last season’s Premier League and slipped down the pecking order following the capture of Raphinha.
United have spent this summer assessing various wide attacking options before finally signing Dan James in a £25m deadline-day deal.
Costa is a big earner at Leeds, the source added, and his wages were a barrier to him joining other English clubs, including those in the Championship.
It is expected he will seal a permanent move overseas if he plays regularly and makes an impact for Valencia this term.