“Best for all parties to move them forward”

Leeds United head coach Jesse Marsch is set to begin the team’s summer cleanup he inherited by allowing Laurens de Bock, Kiko Casilla and Ian Poveda to leave Elland Road, according to the reporter. Pete O’Rourke.



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Marsch was appointed Los Blancos boss at the end of February, just 24 hours after Marcelo Bielsa was sacked, and the American could consider sanctioning various departures and arrivals when the transfer window reopens.

What’s the latest news about de Bock, Casilla and Poveda?

Leeds paid £1.5million to sign de Bock from Club Brugge in January 2018, but the left-back has only made seven appearances for Los Blancos.

It looks like the left-back is destined to leave Elland Road at the end of the season as his contract only expires in a few months and he is currently on loan at Zulte Waregem.

Although Los Blancos won’t recoup the transfer fee for de Bock, they could sell keeper Casilla as his £40,000-a-week deal doesn’t run out until the summer of 2023.

The 35-year-old made 62 appearances during his time at Yorkshire but is on Elche’s books until the end of the campaign.

Poveda, who played for Leeds 20 times, joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan last August.

With the winger’s contract still over two years away, the summer could present Leeds with the perfect opportunity to cash in.

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What did Pete O’Rourke say about the trio?

O’Rourke believes Leeds should not extend de Bock’s contract and also allow Casilla and Poveda to leave the club at the end of the campaign.

The journalist believes parting ways with the trio would be beneficial for the Yorkshire giants as it could have a positive impact on Kitty Marsch’s transfer being handed over this summer.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s best that all parties get them forward and then they can continue their careers.

“If Leeds can bring in some cash and generate funds, they can use that elsewhere in the transfer market to strengthen the squad and see what else they need to improve.”

Would seeing one of the trio leave be a blow?

De Bock hasn’t featured in Leeds’ plans for some time, with his last appearance over four years ago, so a direct replacement for him is unlikely to be needed.

Marsch already has two goalkeepers at his disposal, in the form of Illan Meslier and Kristoffer Klaesson, so seeing Casilla leave wouldn’t be a blow.

At 22, Poveda potentially has a bright future ahead of him. But the right slot has been nailed by Raphinha since his £17m transfer from Rennes, so it could be difficult for Poveda to enjoy an extended run in his privileged position.