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Report: Roca rejected Leeds' offer to start pre-season at later date

Marc Roca rejected Leeds’ offer to return for pre-season at the same time as the Whites’ international players, with The Athletic reporting that the Spaniard reminded the club that he is yet to make his senior debut for his country and thus, would like to be there from the start.

Roca became Leeds’ third signing of the summer last week. The 25-year-old joined from Bayern Munich after spending two years with the Bundesliga giants.

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There was something of a mixed reaction to the links with Roca. He shone during his time at Espanyol. And clearly, he possesses a lot of quality having been signed by Bayern.

However, Leeds have not had the most success signing players from the world’s biggest clubs in recent years. So there may have been concerns that this move was another flex from Victor Orta.

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The jury may be out for some for the time-being. But it does appear that Roca has already impressed those inside Elland Road since arriving.

The Athletic reports that Leeds offered Roca the chance to join pre-season at the same time as the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Diego Llorente. They are amongst those given more time off after going away on international duty.

However, Roca rejected the chance. And The Athletic reports that he reminded Leeds that he is not an international and wanted to be there from the start.

Roca rejected Leeds’ offer

It is a gesture that will largely be forgotten about when the season starts. But it is a fantastic sign for Leeds supporters.

Obviously, this is a new era. But Leeds got to their current position largely because of the way every player bought into what Marcelo Bielsa wanted with no hesitation.

Jesse Marsch needs a similar level of commitment with many of the same players still forming the core of the squad. Having someone such as Roca help set the standard will certainly help the Whites heading into a crucial pre-season.

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