Leeds United have confirmed on their official website that playmaker Samu Saiz has moved to Spanish outfit Girona.
They say that Saiz has joined for an undisclosed fee, after spending the second half of last season on loan in Spain with Getafe.
The 28-year-old midfielder was Leeds’ star man in his first season at the club, and made a great start to last season also, before his form slipped off and he made a rapid exit before the January transfer window even opened.
Before he left, Bielsa said about Saiz to the Yorkshire Evening Post back in November how much of a fan of the player he was.
He said: “I think Saiz is the most skilled player in our team and he has skills that few players have. I’m not talking about only our team. I’m talking about football in general.”
Saiz looked perfectly suited to Leeds’ style of play under Bielsa, and initially adapted to a deeper midfield role with less goalscoring but more playmaking responsibilities well.
But his relationship with the club deteriorated rapidly and now his transformation from fan favourite to departee has been completed.
Perhaps if Saiz had been fully focused and firing all season, Leeds could have got over the line in the promotion race, but it wasn’t to be and both player and club have now moved on.