Diego Llorente salary claim at Leeds United reveals shambles at Elland Road
Despite being one of the worst first-team regulars at Leeds United since his move to Elland Road, Diego Llorente was the highest earner.
On the Square Ball podcast, CEO Angus Kinnear revealed that it was a commendable achievement to get the Spaniard off the payroll at the club.
Even though they did not manage to get a transfer fee for him, due to a clause in his contract, he was allowed to leave on loan provided his team paid the entire salary.
“You’re paying Diego Llorente £6million a year,” Kinnear told the Square Ball.
The Daily Mail wrote an article in April 2023 where they covered the highest earners at each Premier League.
As Llorente had already left by then, Patrick Bamford, Luis Sinisterra and Georginio Rutter were the highest earners making £100k/week.
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Had the Spaniard still been at the club, he would be the highest as £6million a year equates to £115k per week which is staggering to think of it.
Llorente was among the worst signings of the Marcelo Bielsa era and even under Jesse Marsch, he failed to make an impact.
He’s all but certain to never play again at Elland Road as even if the current squad is considered, Llorente will not be a first-team regular.
Victor Orta, Andrea Radrizzani and Kinnear oversaw these ridiculous deals where they offered below-par players such high wages.
Hopefully, things are more streamlined under the new owners because no serious club is run in this manner.