By Sean Fisher

11th Nov, 2022 | 1:04pm

Diego Llorente has no choice but to quit Leeds United as heartbreaking news emerges

Diego Llorente will be spending Christmas in Yorkshire this year after it was revealed that the Leeds United defender missed out on Spain’s World Cup squad.

With the World Cup just over a week away from starting, nations are all submitting their final squads set to jet out to Qatar.

Spain were the latest to reveal their squad via Twitter, and it was bad news for Leeds duo Rodrigo and Diego Llorente who were both overlooked by manager Luis Enrique.

It was somewhat expected that 31-year-old Rodrigo would miss out, but for Llorente – who was included in Spain’s Euro 2020 squad just one year ago – it’s a real blow to his international career.

At 29, this may have been Llorente’s last chance of playing in a World Cup for his nation.

Llorente has been a pivotal part of Jesse Marsch’s side at Elland Road, but Leeds’ defence continues to leak goals and look fragile every week.

It’s shone a bad light on all of Leeds’ defenders, with Robin Koch also missing out on Germany’s World Cup squad as a result. [Sky Sports]

With the 2024 European Championships now Llorente’s next international target, the Spaniard’s only chance of working his way back into Enrique’s plans is to leave Leeds immediately.

Missing out on the World Cup may be Llorente’s final straw at Leeds. As he approaches the twilight years of his career he’ll want to maximise his chances of playing for his national team.

Elland Road definitely isn’t the best environment for a defender to thrive at the moment. Marsch’s side plays frantic football and it often leaves the defence vulnerable and exposed. It’s damaging to the player’s stats and their confidence and is by no means a way to impress your national team manager.

Plus, with Marsch overlooking Llorente in favour of Liam Cooper and Koch in recent weeks, Llorente will definitely be turning towards the exit.

In other Leeds United news, Jesse Marsch is wowed by three players on Twitter after the Wolves defeat