By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

16th Mar, 2023 | 5:10pm

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Paul Robinson has predicted Diego Llorente to become a “financial burden” at Leeds United if Roma don’t take up the option to buy the 29-year-old.

The Serie A side have the option to sign the defender for £18million at the end of the season (Daily Mail, 31 January).

However, Spanish outlet Eldesmarque claim (10 March) Llorente has failed to adjust to life in Italy and Robinson believes Leeds will struggle to recoup £18million for the Spaniard.

“It’s a really strange situation with him signing a new deal at Leeds in the first place,” Robinson exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“I don’t think his performances have been good enough. The defence and centre halves this year have been poor. They’re not going to get anything like the £18m they want for him if he’s struggling at Roma.

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“With the new contract over him, Leeds are tied up and bound to honour it. There’s obviously some sort of relegation clause in it, but if it’s a new contract on improved terms, it’s going to be a financial burden.”

Llorente has been blighted by injury since moving to Jose Mourinho’s side, having only played one minute of Serie A football.

In other Leeds news, one pundit believes one Whites star has no chance of displacing his competition in the team.

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