Helder Costa told to quit Leeds United as Daniel Farke relationship breaks down at Elland Road
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Helder Costa won’t be used this season at Leeds United without an “injury crisis”, but if a potential Elland Road exit does not transpire he must “keep himself right” for his “personal pride”, according to Paul Robinson.
The £15million forward has not had the best career in Yorkshire and was expected to leave this summer even past deadline day, per Graham Smyth (1 September), with a Saudi Arabian move expected. While their window closed on 7 September, the 18 September-ending Qatari window could provide the Angolan international star with the chance to leave.
Elsewhere, Smyth also claimed in the Yorkshire Evening Post (7 September) that a severance deal could be agreed with Costa to cancel his Elland Road contract and leave as a free agent.
Costa’s time looks numbered, but Robinson claims that should a move collapse or not transpire, the 29-year-old must keep fit and “right” at Thorp Arch for his own “personal pride as a footballer” amid the “difficult situation”.
Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson, when asked if Costa could make an impact on the side, said: “Not unless there’s an injury crisis or a shortage of players and the manager is forced to use it. I think once the manager comes out and says in pre-season that a player is not part of his plans and that he can leave, it’s very difficult to rebuild that relationship.
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“There may be a circumstance where at some point is needed during the season and the player actually thinks: “Well, it’s in my own interest to play and to play well for my future and to show potential suitors that I’m still a good player and I can still do it.”
“He’s not sat sulking, but at the moment, it doesn’t seem like a harmonious relationship between player and manager and it hasn’t been with Costa for a while.
“He’s not been involved with the two or three managers and he’s fallen out of favour. It’s probably best for all parties that he can move on.
“But I mean if he ends up getting stuck when the window closes in Qatar, or if that isn’t a move that he wants, then he’s obviously got to, for his own personal abilities and for his own personal pride as a footballer, keep himself fit and keep himself right.
“It’s a difficult situation to be in when a club’s told you that they don’t want you and you know, that you can leave and there hasn’t been an opportunity to leave and you’re trapped when the window is closed.
“Unless there’s an agreement where a contract can be broken or a contract can be ripped up and both parties agree that that’s the best thing to do.
“It’s a very, very difficult situation to be in.”
In other Leeds United news, an injury expert has shared his “severe” update on a Whites’ injury.