Leeds United are set to severe the club’s ties with teenage talent Guillermo Amor six-months after his arrival from FC Barcelona, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Spanish midfielder moved to Elland Road as a free agent last summer having been released by the Catalan giant, and signed a two-year deal in West Yorkshire where he linked up with Mark Jackson’s Under 18s side.
Amor had spent time with Manchester City’s academy back in 2017 when given a trial by the top-six Premier League outfit, though was not signed by the Sky Blues and instead returned to the Camp Nou having previously been a recruit of Barca’s famed La Masia academy.
Barcelona-born Amor was first a part of Barcelona’s academy before his family relocated to Australia, and spent two years back with the La Liga heavyweight before his release in 2019.
His career has not taken the leaps and bounds Amor may have been anticipating when signed by United last summer, as the YEP understands the Whites are willing to see him head through the Thorp Arch exit door.
Amor is expected to return to Spain and sign with La Liga side Getafe, who are currently eying European football for the 2020/21 season with Jose Bordalas’ Coliseum Alfonso Perez natives sitting in the automatic Europa League qualifying spot after 20 games.
Getafe are only two points behind Sevilla in the last of Spain’s Champions League qualifying spots, though it would be likely that Amor links up with the greater Madrid outfit’s youth ranks before earning a senior role.
Getafe’s B-team are currently four-points above basement boys UD Sanse in the Segunda Division B – Group I, having won just six of their 21 league games and lost 12.
Did Leeds make a mistake signing Amor?
Amor leaving our academy will be an embarrassing moment for the club given his arrival last summer came in tandem with Rafa Mujica after he, too, was released by Barcelona.
However, like is anticipated with Amor, things have not gone well for Mujica this season, and he is expected to join Villarreal’s second string on loan for the remainder of the season in the Spanish third-tier after struggling at second-tier outfit Extremadura UD.
Leeds would have been forgiven for expecting a lot from Mujica and Amor given their Barcelona history, and may now be pondering if our youth recruitment needs reassessing in order to unearth real potential future stars.
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