Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has told The Sunderland Echo that Laurens De Bock has returned to Leeds United.

De Bock joined League One club Sunderland on loan from Championship side Leeds in the summer transfer window.

According to The Sunderland Echo, the West Yorkshire outfit had a recall option as part of the loan deal.

The 27-year-old left-back has struggled with injury issues and poor form, and has been able to play just 326 minutes in League One for the Black Cats so far this season, according to WhoScored.

Sunderland manager Parkinson has said that De Bock has returned to Leeds, and he has also stated that the 27-year-old wants to go back to his homeland of Belgium.

Parkinson told The Sunderland Echo: “Laurens has gone back, he wanted to go back to Belgium.

“Leeds had the option to call him back. It was more a personal thing, he wanted to go back home.”

Leaving Leeds United

De Bock joined Leeds in 2018, but the left-back has struggled to make a huge impact at Elland Road.

The Belgian does not have a future at the Whites, and it would make sense for him to return to Belgium and find a club there.

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