'He told me': £32,500-a-week Leeds man claims he spoke to teammate about leaving Elland Road
Helder Costa has revealed that he spoke to Rodrigo about leaving Leeds for Valencia, before his deadline day switch to La Liga.
What’s the story?
Well, the 27-year-old has moved to the Mestalla Stadium on a season-long loan, although he needed some help with his decision.
Speaking to El Desmarque, Costa said: “The first thing I did was talk to Rodrigo Moreno. He told me a lot of good things about the club and the city, and it was an easy decision. I’m happy to be here.”
It may only be a loan, but Costa could have already played his last game for Leeds.
Valencia have an option to buy the £32,500-a-week man once the current campaign ends, which they’ll surely trigger if he impresses in Spain.
The £30m arrival of Dan James from Manchester United pushed Costa even further down Marcelo Bielsa’s pecking order, so he was definitely right to leave.
Additionally, the ex-Wolves man only started 13 Premier League games last season, so he’s not exactly a vital player for Bielsa.
Leeds could’ve found a better loan for Helder Costa
Usually, loan deals are sanctioned to help improve a young player, or help a more senior player find some form and bump up their value.
In Costa’s case, it’s the latter.
However, Leeds could certainly have found more settled environments to send the Portuguese forward to.
As The New York Times detail, Valencia and their fanbase are having huge problems with Peter Lim, owner of the Spanish side.
He has sold valuable assets – such as Dani Parejo – for peanuts during the pandemic, while staff members who were performing well received the sack.
Most recently, he terminated the contract of Kang-in Lee, one of the brightest prospects in La Liga.
Hopefully, Costa can still perform to the best of his ability in this hostile environment.
If he doesn’t, and Valencia decide not to activate their option to buy, Leeds will once again be stuck with a depreciating asset.