By Sean Fisher

19th Nov, 2022 | 12:15pm

Leeds United under-21s to take on Valencia after December agreement

Leeds United Under-21s are set to face Gennaro Gattuso’s Valencia in a behind-closed-doors friendly match on 2 December.

With the World Cup break now upon us, clubs across the globe are scrambling to plan friendly matches in order to keep their squad fit and sharp ahead of league resumption in December.

Leeds United’s first team have already announced a friendly match against La Liga outfit Real Sociedad on 16 December, and the Whites’ youth squad will also face Spanish opposition next month, with AS revealing a behind-closed-doors match between Leeds U21s and Valencia.

The game is set to take place at Pinatar Arena as one of four friendly matches Valencia are set to play. Valencia manager Gattuso was at the centre of the plans as he prepares his players for their next league match against Villarreal.

Great opportunity

The arranged friendly is a great opportunity for Leeds’ youngsters to test themselves against high-level opposition.

The Under-21 side at Elland Road has some very promising stars who will be eager to impress Jesse Marsch, and the Leeds manager will certainly have his eyes peeled on the action on 2 December.

Many of Valencia’s stars could well still be at the World Cup during the match, but Gattuso’s side is still full of stars that will challenge and push the Under-21s.

Valencia have so far experienced mix results, topping their Champions League group above Chelsea but slumping to 10th in La Liga after a poor start to their league campaign.

While it is of course only a friendly, there is a lot at stake for many Leeds youngsters who will be trying to convince Marsch that they should be the next young talent to break into the first team.

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