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Victor Orta may have had his “wings clipped” at Leeds United and that could lead to him leaving Elland Road for the sporting director job at Chelsea, according to Paul Robinson.
Orta has been Leeds’ director of football since 2017 and has overseen a huge transformation at the Yorkshire club, turning them into a Premier League side once again.
His good work at Elland Road has led to Chelsea being interested in hiring the Spaniard as their new sporting director [Mirror].
Robinson can see why Orta would quit Leeds.
He believes the Spaniard may have lost some power on the recruitment process at Elland Road as some of the summer signings didn’t look like ones he’d push forward.
Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Victor’s done a fantastic job at Leeds. The recruitment has been excellent.
“When you look at the Raphinha deal, for example, look at what they bought him for and then sold him for.
“I wonder what his role is at the moment. I wonder how much say he’s having with the potential American input from the 49ers and the American owner.
“The signings don’t look to have Victor’s stamp on them so the fact that he might not be having as much say and as much power with the first team happenings, it could well open the door for him to move somewhere else.
“Chelsea are a big superpower in European football and the opportunity to go there for anybody would be appealing.
“But Victor may have had his wings clipped a little bit, that might be the catalyst for him to look further at that [job at Chelsea].”
Leeds’ summer activity saw them sign three players who’d previously been managed by Jesse Marsch, two of them being USA internationals.
Spanish-speaking Marc Roca, Luis Sinisterra and Joel Robles were also signed, as well as Italy international Wilfried Gnonto. They were probably the first-team deals pushed through by Orta.
In other Leeds United news, European newspapers are raving over the “animalistic’” performance of one Whites star on international duty.