Spanish side SD Ubiza have confirmed on their official website the permanent signing of midfielder Alejandro Machuca from Leeds United this summer, with the youngster signing a two-year deal at Elland Road.
Machuca, now 21, joined Leeds in the summer of 2016 from Rayo Vallecano and has been on the books at Elland Road since – being one of many Spaniards to have moved to Elland Road under Victor Orta’s transfer stewardship.
The likes of Hugo Diaz, Oriol Rey and more have moved to Elland Road from Spain in the past few years. He had a contract at Elland Road for another 12 months, but he will not be seeing that deal out.
Indeed, Machuca has opted to leave Leeds after spending a season on loan at third-tier side Burgos during 2018-19. He clocked up 16 appearances for Burgos last season, and that has tempted Ibiza this time around.
— UD Ibiza (@ibizaud) July 18, 2019
TBR’s view – Machuca never had enough to play for Leeds
Unfortunately for the Spanish midfielder, Machuca was never good enough for the first team at Leeds – and was only just about good enough for the reserve side.
Indeed, Leeds opting to send him back to Spain last season proved that they had had enough of Machuca, and were willing to see the back of him – rather than keep him in the Under-23 side.
FULL TIME | The U23s secure the three points tonight after defeating Ipswich 3-2, with goals from Sam Dalby (2) and Alex Machuca pic.twitter.com/JHe34zDG31
— Leeds United (@LUFC) March 19, 2018