EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Victor Orta has turned down an offer to join Deportivo La Coruna and will remain at Leeds United next season, Football Insider sources understand.
La Liga strugglers Deportivo sounded out Orta about taking up a similar role at the top-flight Spanish club, but the transfer guru has opted to reject their overtures to stay at Leeds as director of football.
A well placed source has told Football Insider that Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani continues to give Orta his full backing and the Spaniard is understood to be busy planning Leeds’ recruitment for next season.
Orta has come in for criticism from some Leeds fans this season following the club’s miserable second half of the campaign which saw them drop out of play-off contention into a mid-table spot.
The Spaniard joined Leeds last summer after leaving Middlesbrough and he has recruited more than 30 players for Leeds’ first team and academy.
Orta’s recruitment has come under intense scrutiny with a number of players he brought in for the first-team failing to deliver this season.
Orta also played a big role in the appointment of the relatively unknown Thomas Christensen as Leeds manager last summer and after a bright start the Dane was sacked in February following a poor run of form.
Leeds’ director of football also played an influential role in the decision to bring in Heckinbottom as Christensen’s replacement and that move has been questioned with Heckingbottom winning only three of his first 15 games in charge.