By Saikat Mandal

12th Mar, 2022 | 6:00am

Valencia could ditch plans to sign Helder Costa permanently from Leeds United

La Liga club Valencia could ditch plans to sign Helder Costa permanently from Leeds United after the end of the season.

The 28-year-old joined Los Che on a season-long loan from Leeds in the summer. After a rocky start, he made quite an impression and the club were tempted to make his loan move into a permanent one.

However, his role in the side has diminished following the arrival of Bryan Gil from Tottenham Hotspur.

According to a report from Super Deporte, Costa is being branded as a “big loser”, and his doors to the first team have been completely closed.

He is likely to be heading back to Elland Road at the end of the season unless there’s a dramatic change in his fortune.

New start?

Valencia need to pay €20m (£16.76m) to sign Costa permanently from Leeds.

Costa struggled under Marcelo Bielsa in the Premier League, and it felt like he was not in his first-team plans.

However, with Bielsa now gone, it remains to be seen if Jesse Marsch welcomes him back and give him an opportunity to impress.

Costa finds himself in a strange situation. He has lost his position to someone who himself failed to cement a place in the Tottenham first-team.

The arrival of Gil has been seen as a great move for Valencia. Unfortunately, it has brought bad news for Costa.

The report doesn’t mention what Valencia intend to do with Costa, but the suggestions are loud and clear – they won’t be looking for a permanent deal.

In other Leeds United news, the manager has been working on a plan for the visitor’s “game-changer” ahead of the match.