Spanish defender Hugo Diaz has sent a heartfelt message to Leeds United fans on Twitter as he confirmed his exit from the club, two years after joining – and Leeds fans have responded.
Diaz, 22, joined Leeds in the summer of 2017 from Spanish side Silva SD, and instantly became a crucial part of the club’s reserve side under Marcelo Bielsa’s side-kick Carlos Corberan.
Last season, Diaz captained the impressive second string to success in the Professional Development League North, shining at the back alongside Pascal Struijk, Aapo Halme and Leif Davis.
Despite his commanding performances and Leeds’ lack of cover at centre-back in the first team, club and player have decided to part company. Diaz confirmed as much on his official Twitter account, thanking fans and the club.
The statement reads as below:
— Hugo Díaz Rodríguez (@hugodiazrg) June 20, 2019
Leeds have limited options at centre-back, at the moment. As far as senior players go, Liam Cooper and Pontus Jansson remain the club’s only options. Struijk and Halme have been in and around the senior side.
Supporters of the Championship club have reacted to Diaz’s Tweet, with many questioning why the club have opted against keeping the ball-playing centre-back at Elland Road – especially given the lack of options at the heart of Bielsa’s defence.
@markrikko shocked by this
— Barney ™ (@BarneyStuart21) June 20, 2019
I was expecting him to push into 1st team squad this season. Where is he going?
— Lee Gee (@LeefromLeeds) June 20, 2019
Can’t believe this one! I thought you had a future with us! All the best Hugo!! #baller
— LUFC4LIFE?? (@Lufc4life1) June 20, 2019
He was knocking on door to step up ?
— eddieleeds ?? (@eddieleeds1) June 20, 2019
Shocked to see you go Hugo! Where ever you will be playing next you will be a great player! Good luck, keep up the hard work! ?? #MOT
— Ashli Burchill ⚽ ?? (@AshliBurchill) June 20, 2019
Odd decision letting you go…
— carl smith (@carlsmith_88) June 20, 2019
Very surprised by this. Best of luck in the future Hugo??
— King Coops (@ManLikeJansson) June 20, 2019
poor decision to let him go
— I prefer a flan (@Turnervr82) June 20, 2019