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Pundit backs 29-year-old to seal permanent Leeds United exit this summer

by Vibecity

It is likely that Laurens De Bock will leave Leeds United this summer.

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That’s according to the club’s former goalkeeper Paul Robinson, who believes the 29-year-old may already have his next potential move lined up.

De Bock joined Leeds back in the 2018 January transfer window, arriving from Club Brugge in his native Belgium.

The left-back would go on to make seven appearances for Leeds during the second half of the 2017/18 season, but has failed to play another game for the club since then.

Instead, De Bock has spent much of the last three-and-a-half year out on loan elsewhere, with the 29-year-old currently playing with Zulte Waregem in Belgium.

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Now with his contract at Elland Road expiring at the end of this season, it seems Robinson is expecting the defender to be on the move on a longer term basis come the summer.

Speaking about De Bock’s future, the ex-England international told MOT Leeds News: “That’s a decision for the new manager to make.

“He’ll obviously be well-informed about the player and know exactly where he is, how many games he’s played and what level he’s at. It’s a decision for Jesse Marsch to look at and decide what he wants going forward.

“If they saw it fit to loan him out this season, with his contract ending, it was the last chance for him to either be put in the shop window to look for other employment or sign a new contract at Leeds.

“But if they see it fit to let De Bock go and let Junior Firpo stay, it’s an area they’re going to have to look at in the summer. It all depends on what the new manager wants and how much he’s seen of him.

“You may see him given a short-term contract where he starts the season at the club or I’d be very surprised if he hasn’t made arrangements for next season.

“When it’s near the end of the season, players generally know where they’re going to go so it’s probably a hypothetical conversation so unless he’s already had a conversation with Marsch, I suspect he’ll be moving on.”

It would seem to make sense for De Bock to move on from Leeds in the summer.

The fact he has had so many loans over the past few years, suggests he has not done enough during them spells, to suggest he is really worth Leeds taking a chance on in their own side.

Indeed, at 29-years-old, De Bock himself may want to move on and try to establish himself as a regular at one club, something it is hard to see him doing if he stays at Elland Road.

As a result, it does seem as though a permanent parting of the ways could make sense for both parties, and would further allow Jesse Marsch to put his own stamp on this Leeds side in the transfer window.

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