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Leeds United player embarks on new challenge away from Elland Road

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Leeds United midfielder Alejandro Machuca has joined Union Deportivo Ibiza on a permanent deal.

The move was reported by Diario de Ibiza this morning and has now been confirmed by the club’s official Twitter account.

The 21-year-old was contracted with the Championship club until 2020 but has now signed a two-year deal with UD Ibiza, with no indication of a fee having been paid between the two clubs.

The right-footed midfielder is a versatile player, who can play on the left flank or in central or attacking midfield.

Machuca spent last season on loan with Burgos CF in Segunda División B, making 16 appearances for the club.

The Spaniard arrived at Elland Road from Rayo Vallecano in July 2016 but has never made a senior appearance for the Whites.

During the 2017/18 season, he was an important player for Carlos Corberan in the under-23s but his tenure at Elland Road has come to an end after three years.

Machuca is the latest in a string of under-23s players to have left the Yorkshire club this summer, with Hugo Diaz and Oriol Rey already having departed.

The Verdict

Leeds have added a number of young players to bolster their academy sides this summer, including Barcelona duo Rafa Mujica and Guillermo Amor, and it appears Machuca is one of the players that has had to make way.

After being sent out to Burgos on loan last season, it seemed really unlikely the midfielder would be close to the first-team in the upcoming campaign so a permanent move elsewhere makes sense.

This is not a move that should impact the Whites at all this season but it is a further sign that the club are ready to shift any young players who they feel are not up to their standard.

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