Diego Flores left Leeds United last summer because he “simply wanted a break”, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Last season, Flores acted as both Marcelo Bielsa’s translator and his assistant manager but since promotion to the Premier League was won, he hasn’t been seen anywhere.
In October, Hay was asked about Flores’ absence and the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist failed to have much of an explanation, saying “Leeds have made no comment” on his situation and added: “We know that he’s away from the club. Whether that’s a temporary or permanent arrangement, no one has said.”
However, on Sunday, Hay finally offered up an answer to the mystery surrounding Flores’ absence from the touchline and from Bielsa’s press conferences.
He wrote on The Athletic website: “Flores went from the club in the summer. There was no big issue behind him leaving – from what I understand, he simply wanted a break. He hasn’t been around this season.
Man of mystery
It’s strange that Leeds kept this under wraps.
Flores was a key part of the promotion-winning staff at Elland Road as he helped Bielsa through his media duties as well as being his right-hand man on the touchline and at Thorp Arch.
It was a bit weird to not see him at the club but Bielsa has been rolling his way through the translators since he was hired by Leeds. It seems to be the one thing about the Argentine that is inconsistently consistent.
We wish Flores well in whatever he does next. If he felt like he needed a break then we hope his break goes well too before he’s able to get himself back in the game sooner rather than later.
Bielsa’s hardly missed him though.
Leeds have taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and unlikely talk of a bid to reach Europe is becoming increasingly serious amid the form of the Whites and the teams above them who are floundering.
Leeds have been ever so impressive in the top-flight and while Flores isn’t playing a part any more, he did play a massive part in helping it happen and we’ll forever be grateful to him.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to be snubbed by a central midfielder they want to sign.