Leeds United have confirmed that midfielder Oriol Rey has left the club to join Spanish top-flight side Real Valladolid on a permanent deal.
The 21-year-old joined Leeds from Barcelona in 2017 and signed a contract extension at Elland Road at the end of the 2017/18 season.
The Spaniard did not make a senior appearance for Leeds, although he did appearance on the bench a couple of times and was a key player for the Whites’ under-23 side during the 2017/18 season, scoring two goals in 30 appearances in the Professional Development League.
The midfielder spent last season on loan at UB Conquense, were he scored one goal in 30 league starts for the Spanish side.
It has been a busy summer for Leeds in the transfer market, with Paudie O’Connor, Tyler Denton, Mallik Wilks, Aapo Halme, Liam Kitchting and Hadi Sacko all leaving the club on permanent deals.
Lewie Coyle and Jay-Roy Grot have also left Elland Road this summer and will spend the coming season out on loan at Fleetwood Town and Eredivisie side Vitesse respectively.
Leeds fans never got to see Rey in action for the first team at Elland Road, so I’m sure they won’t be too disappointed to see him leave the club this summer.
Rey has obviously got a lot of potential, otherwise Leeds wouldn’t have offered him a contract extension last year.
Leeds have got so many talented youngsters at their academy and it was always going to be difficult for Rey to break into the first team.
He probably wasn’t going to get a chance in the first team at Elland Road this coming season, so it makes sense for him to leave the club.
He’s still a promising young player though and hopefully he can get his career back on track in Spain.