Villarreal have confirmed they have extended the contract of Alfonso Pedraza, effectively ruling out the possibility of him returning to Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship next season.
Pedraza, 21, spent the second-half of the 2016/17 season at Elland Road on-loan from Villarreal, where he made 14 appearances and scored one goal in what was a difficult first spell in English football.
Reports suggested that when Pedraza signed for Leeds, if the Whites won promotion to the Premier League, they would make the winger’s transfer permanent for £8.5m.
However, Leeds failed in their quest for promotion, eventually finishing the season seventh in the table, which ruled out the possibility of Pedraza joining permanently.
Latest developments suggest that any possibility of Pedraza returning to the Championship are now over, with Villarreal extending his contract until the end of the 2021 season, and the winger expressing on Twitter, how excited he was for the upcoming season.
— Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) June 23, 2017
— Alfonso Pedraza Sag (@Alfonsopedraza9) June 23, 2017
Leeds appear to have moved onto other targets this summer, and have recently announced their first signing under new head-coach, Thomas Christiansen.
Mateusz Klich has joined the Whites from FC Twente on a three-year deal, becoming the club’s second arrival of the summer, after Leeds completed the permanent signing of Hadi Sacko, following a successful loan spell in West Yorkshire last season.
Leeds fans… What did you make of Pedraza’s time with your club? Should he have been given more of an opportunity? Let us know your thoughts!