Highly rated Leeds midfielder Oriol Rey will be spending the rest of the season on loan in Spain, according to a report by El Deport Conquense.
The 20-year-old central midfielder has been among the substitutes for the Elland Road side’s early league fixtures this season.
However, with few obvious first-team opportunities likely to come about, Leeds are seemingly happy for him to play regular football elsewhere.
According to the article, he has already started training with UB Conquense, who play in Spain’s fourth tier, and spoken with the local press.
The former Barcelona man recently extended his contract with Leeds and is understood to be highly thought of at Elland Road.
Capable of playing a range of midfield roles, he can also fill in at centre-back, where has UEFA Youth League experience.
With the likes of Lewis Baker, Adam Forshaw, Mateusz Klich, Eunan O’Kane and Jamie Shackleton in the squad, manager Marcelo Bielsa is not short of midfield options.
Therefore, a short-term move back to his native country makes sense for Rey and could be better for his development than playing for Leeds’ Under-23s.
The Whites have made a flying start to their Championship campaign this season with four wins and one draw from their first five matches.
Conquense, meanwhile, beat SD Ejea 1-0 as they got their league programme underway at the weekend.
The report quotes Rey as saying that he knows he will have to work hard in training to earn his spot in the team.
“I try to give the best of myself in each training session, then it is the coach who decides and we’ll see,” he said.
The coaching staff at Leeds will be keeping a close eye on how he performs and fans may now find themselves looking out for Conquense’s results to check on his progress.