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After international breakthrough, will Romario Vieira earn new Leeds United deal?

The teenager is out of contract at Leeds United this summer.

Mathew Nash

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Leeds United have been enjoying some time away from action this week, with the club’s form underwhelming. It has also been a busy international break for many of the Leeds players.

In fact, two Leeds players have actually made their international debuts this week. Hadi Sacko featured against Japan for his Mali bow whilst Romario Vieira also made his international debut. The 19-year-old midfielder is the brother of current first-teamer Ronaldo Vieira. But whilst his sibling is targeting a future with the England national teams, Romario has played for the country of their birth Guinea-Bissau. The teenager featured as a substitute as Guinea-Bissau took on Burkina Faso in an international friendly.

For the youngster it was quite the feat, considering he is yet to make his Leeds United first-team debut.

Unlike Ronaldo, who has featured for Leeds’s first-team over 60 times, Romario has only made the bench for the Whites on two occasions and not yet come into play.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 26: A Leeds fan celebrates after they score during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

So playing for his country is a testament to how well he has performed with the under-23s in recent months.

But will Romario receive a new contract with Leeds?

The 19-year-old is a free agent in the summer, with his Leeds deal coming to an end. However, it does not look like he will be receiving a new one at present.

Leeds have been lacking in the midfield area this season and a fresh face might have been welcomed. Still however Romario has not been called into the Leeds first-team by wither Thomas Christiansen of Paul Heckingbottom.

Time will tell if Romario does receive a new contract and perhaps the international breakthrough will help his cause. But it would not be a surprise to see his name on the released list at Elland Road come summer.      

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Leeds United round-up: Hosseini snub, Maddison not happening and Bamford hopes

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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Hosseini said no

Leeds United wanted Majid Hosseini this summer, according to reports in Turkey. Gazete Damga report that Marcelo Bielsa wanted to sign the Iranian from Esteghal this summer.

However, that deal never happened. The Iranian international, who played at the World Cup this summer, snubbed Leeds as he had already made a verbal promise to Trabzonspor regarding a move to Turkey.

It is the second Iranian linked with Leeds this week, following reports Leeds are tracking Morteza Pouraliganji.

Maddison unlikely

Leeds United are unlikely to go for Peterborough United playmaker Marcus Maddison this month.

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The Posh midfielder has long been linked with Leeds and there have been suggestions the Whites might swoop with a loan-to-buy offer this month.

However, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay doubts such a move is or ever was in the pipeline.

Bamford hopes

New Leeds striker Patrick Bamford believes the ‘sky is the limit’ under the management of Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road.

The £7 million summer signing from Middlesbrough was speaking to The Yorkshire Post today about his hopes at his new club.

Bamford believes Leeds have the chance for plenty of success with their new manager.

The striker scored his first goal for the club in the League Cup win v Bolton Wanderers this week.

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Leeds United must loan Yosuke Ideguchi to English club to get the best out of Japan international

The Japan international could be sent out on loan again this month.

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In January, Leeds United secured the signature of Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi. The central midfielder arrived from Gamba Osaka for a reported fee in the region of £500,000. However, he did not stick around at Leeds for long.

He was sent out on loan to Cultural Leonesa in Spain. Something of a sister squad because of their links to Leeds director Ivan Bravo it was felt the Japan international was better off in Spain’s second tier.

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That did not prove to be the case. Ideguchi struggled for regular football in Spain and his loan club were relegated from the second tier. It meant Ideguchi missed out on a place in the Japan squad for the World Cup this summer.

This season, it appears first-team football will again be hard to come by at Elland Road. Marcelo Bielsa has even suggested a loan deal might be in Ideguchi’s future.

But if that is the case, Leeds must keep him in England.


“We haven’t made a decision yet. By the end of August the club will take the best decision for the player.”

– Marcelo Bielsa on Ideguchi’s future


There will be plenty of Championship and League One teams after a player of Ideguchi’s quality before the end of the month.

The 21-year-old needs to start learning how to play the game in England. It is a tough task transitioning from football in the J-League to the Championship, but having him play in Spain again will do little to teach him the ropes.

Leeds must find a team in the UK to take Ideguchi on board. Then he will be on the track to a shot at Leeds in the near future.

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Jack Grealish valuation must make Leeds United wonder about Samuel Saiz

The Leeds United playmaker has been in fine form this season.

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Leeds United are through to the next round of the League Cup, after beating Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers last night. The Whites, who are thriving under new manager Marcelo Bielsa, won 2-1, with goals from new signing Patrick Bamford and Spanish magician Samuel Saiz.

The latter once again put in a fantastic performance. The Spaniard has become a cult hero at Leeds and with performances like this it is easy to see why.  

Of course such form will not go unnoticed. Saiz put in excellent displays last season, before a six-game suspension for spitting threw him off kilter.

Such form saw him become the subject of transfer interest back in his homeland this summer. Fichajes reported that Valencia, Huesca and Getafe were all keen on the player. A bid of £8 million was even reported to have been made, but was swiftly rejected by the Whites.

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Leeds fans will no doubt fear such interest, but will also wonder just how much he is worth. When considering Aston Villa wanted a reported £35 million for Jack Grealish, a player many Leeds fans would suggest is inferior, then £8 million does not even come close.

The real hope will be Saiz can keep up the form for an entire season. If he can do that, Leeds might be looking at promotion, which will make the thought of selling him seem ridiculous.

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