Marc Roca makes 'cannot be incredibly enjoying' Leeds United admission after summer exit
Marc Roca admits he found life battling Premier League relegation difficult, but says there was a “great dressing room” at Leeds United.
The Spanish midfielder played in 32 of Leeds’ 38 league games last season as they suffered relegation to the Championship.
Roca, now on loan with Real Betis, opened up on his time at Leeds in an interview with Marca published on Thursday [5 October].
“I didn’t stop enjoying at any moment, not even for a second,” he said. “It is true that sometimes the [table] means you cannot be incredibly enjoying the last few months or at the end of the day to day.
“But the truth is that we had a great dressing room, a great atmosphere. I enjoyed it a lot. I think it was a year of a lot of growth, of personal growth.
“Also of many games, of a lot of intensity in the Premier League, of playing against the best. I learned to love Leeds.
“I love them because in the end they gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League. From the first moment I connected a lot with the club.
“It didn’t end the way we wanted but I enjoyed it a lot throughout the entire process.”
Roca certainly has a strange way of showing he “loves” Leeds, as it recently emerged he desperately attempted to force a loan switch to Real Betis.
The Spain international got his wish and it is hard to see a way back for him at Leeds, whom he joined from Bayern Munich for £10.6million in the summer of 2022.
Roca is showing far better form in his homeland with Betis, most recently scoring and assisting in a 3-0 win over Valencia last weekend.
To put that into some perspective, he was directly involved in just three goals for Leeds in the Premier League in 2022-23.
The 26-year-old is more of a holding midfielder, but whether it was his defensive or offensive play, he faded more and more as the season went on.
Roca could return to Elland Road next year given he is still under contract, but it is more than likely we have seen the back of him – as we have the majority of the squad from last season.
In other Leeds United news, Daniel Farke is said to be “privately disappointed” with a loanee.