By Pete O’Rourke
Callum Nicell has quit Leeds United after he spent time with two Premier League clubs during the summer, Football Insider has learned.
The midfielder, 19, left the club by mutual consent yesterday following a window in which he had been granted permission to find a new club by United.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Nicell had a trial at Leicester City and another top-flight side during the summer as he set his sights on joining a new team.
The Republic of Ireland youth international did not secure a move but his Elland Road contract, which was due to expire next summer, has been terminated.
Nicell leaves Leeds after a 12-year association that began when he joined the club’s academy at the age of seven.
He progressed through the ranks to be named the 2016/17 Academy Player of the Year but did not go as far as graduating into the Leeds first team.
Nicell had hoped to join the multiple teenagers fast-tracked into the senior set-up by Marcelo Bielsa last season but the furthest he ever got was a place on the bench.
The teenager, who has been capped by Republic of Ireland at Under-18 and Under-19 level, did not appear in any of Leeds’ pre-season fixtures and was not selected for the tour of Australia as he made it clear he wanted to move on.
In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has shared his fears about Bielsa’s treatment of Whites ever-present that he considers a “massive issue”.