According to TEAMTalk, Marc Roca has “made clear” his pleasure at Real Betis, and discussions for a permanent Leeds exit could begin sooner than planned.
According to the publication (2 October), the 26-year-old, who is now on loan to the La Liga club, is loving life in Spain after using his relegation release clause to enable the move.
The Spaniard arrived to Elland Road from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2022 for £10.6 million but failed to adjust in the Premier League as Leeds faced relegation.
Elland Road may have seen its last days, according to Roca.
He is doing well in Spain. A return to your own country is frequently a good treatment after a bad experience abroad. While Roca was solid in Leeds’ relegation-clinching season, we didn’t see his best.
However, the milder weather in Sevilla has allowed Roca to regain his form. According to FBRef, he has played the sixth most La Liga 90-minutes this season. With a goal and an assist, he provided key goal contributions in Betis’ triumph over Valencia.
Roca has certainly had an impact on Betis, with 17 shot-creating movements and the third-most passes completed in the side (307).
Given Leeds’ fresh look under Daniel Farke and Roca’s improved success in Spain, the Whites may be willing to pay a premium for the 26-year-old. If he maintains his success for the rest of his loan, Leeds may be able to negotiate a sum more than the £10.6 million they gave to Munich.
He is still only 26 years old and has plenty of La Liga experience with Espanyol, so he would be a valuable asset to Betis. Most importantly, Roca does not appear to be interested in returning to Yorkshire, so cashing out appears to be their best option.
In other Leeds United news, a BBC analyst has slammed a top Elland Road official and wants him fired following the defeat to Southampton.