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Leeds United round-up: Pre-season change, Almeyda an option and Gomes leaves

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Leeds United round-up: Pre-season change, Almeyda an option and Gomes leaves

All the latest news and gossip from Championship club Leeds United.

Pre-season date change

Leeds are continuing in their pursuit of Argentine manager Marcelo Bielsa, with negotiations now into a third week.

Victor Orta has however told the players to be ready to potentially star pre-season training slightly earlier than previously believed.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has suggested that a managerial appointment in the coming week could see the players asked to report for duty on Monday, as opposed to the June 25th date originally proposed.

Talks are ongoing with Bielsa who has analysed the squad and is still considering the offer.

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Almeyda named

The same report highlights that Leeds have two alternatives to Bielsa. One is an unnamed British coach, with many rumours recently suggesting it is Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce.


The other is former Argentina and Lazio midfielder Matias Almeyda.

The 44-year-old has previously managed at River Plate, Banfield and Guadalajara – famously bringing River back to the Argentine top-flight after their shock 2011 relegation.

Gomes gone

Spanish midfielder Madger Gomes has left Leeds United after just one season at the club. The talented playmaker arrived from the Liverpool academy with a reputation as a good, but injury-prone player. He struggled to feature for Leeds under-23s for much of the season and has now joined French Ligue 2 side Sochaux.

He played just two games for the first-team, both in the League Cup earlier this season.

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