Leeds United still owe thousands of pounds for the deal that took Robin Koch from Freiburg to Elland Road in the summer, according to Der Betze Brennt.
The German news outlet claims that three clubs who contributed to Koch’s development – Kaiserslautern, Eintracht Trier and SV Dörbach – are yet to receive solidarity payments they are owed by Leeds after the defender joined the Whites for £11.7million in August.
Kaiserslautern are understood to be owed £115,000 in “training compensation”. Trier and Dörbach have reportedly notified lawyers and sent reminders to Leeds in order to get the cash they are owed.
Pay up now
There really are not many excuses for this – Leeds should pay the money.
Koch’s former clubs are owed that money in solidarity payments. All clubs must abide by this rule so we cannot see why the Whites haven’t sent money the way of Kaiserslautern, Trier and Dörbach yet.
Leeds spent around £100million on new players after winning promotion to the Premier League so the matter of a six-figure fee shouldn’t concern them too much.
It could be a case of bad accounting or lost or forgotten paperwork. Either way, we don’t expect this to escalate too much and that those three clubs in Germany will get what they’re owed soon enough.
Koch has had a mixed start to life at Elland Road.
The Germany centre-back has looked solid at times but a complete liability on other instances.
He’s also injured right now so we’re yet to really see value for money in the ex-Freiburg defender.
However, once he’s back, we would imagine he’ll establish himself at Leeds and in the Premier League to prove why Marcelo Bielsa wanted him in the summer.
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