By Kealan Hughes

12th Mar, 2021 | 2:11pm

Leeds loanee Rafa Mujica set for Las Palmas deal if he plays well

Las Palmas want to sign Leeds United loanee Rafa Mujica in the summer if he keeps playing well, according to club president Miguel Ángel Ramírez, via Cope.

The youngster was brought in by Victor Orta at the beginning of the 2019/20 season as a prospect who had come through the Barcelona B side.

However, the Spaniard has failed to make an appearance for the Whites and has since had four different loan spells.

And now he could be set for a full-time deal when his Leeds contract expires.

As quoted by Cope, Ramirez said, “Rafa has a possibility to sign with us again from June 30, and if his performances carry on at the same level, we know that Rafa has a place in Las Palmas.”

Mujica joined Las Palmas on a temporary basis on January deadline day and his Leeds contract is up at the end of the season.

Orta gamble did not pay off

We are all for signing exciting young talent but you can’t win them all and Mujica has been a big flop for Leeds.

It takes a lot to impress Bielsa and Mujica has never been given a chance at the club either with the first-team or in the Under-23s.

He’ll be looking for a new club in the summer and it looks like he’ll get a contract if he keeps playing well at Las Palmas.

As mentioned, we have a successful academy full of bright talent.

Joe Gelhardt and Crysencio Summerville both play in a similar role to Mujica, and the duo have been impressive for the under 23s this season with 11 goals between them.

Bielsa has noticed Gelhardt’s performances in particular and has named him on the bench for the first-team in recent weeks.

He and Summerville will hopefully get a taste of Premier League action before the season is up with our Premier League status almost guaranteed.

It will be interesting to see how much they have developed and if they are ready to play a role next term.

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