By Jonty Banks

24th May, 2023 | 11:40am

Leeds United transfer news as Marc Roca distrust emerges after Victor Orta exit

Leeds United have a distrust in midfielder Marc Roca after the departure of his two greatest supporters Victor Orta and Javi Gracia, according to Estadio Deportivo.

The report states that the 26-year-old could have escape clauses in his contract at Elland Road if the club are relegated to the Championship.

Real Betis’ sporting director Ramon Planes has activated contact with Roca about a potential transfer, and the “predisposition is more than positive”.

The Spaniard only arrived at Leeds United last summer from Bayern Munich in a deal worth £10million, which is due to keep him at the club until the summer of 2026.

Relegation could spell trouble

Leeds United are set to lose countless players if they are relegated to the Championship this weekend, with key names such as Willy Gnonto, Tyler Adams and Rodrigo likely already linked with summer transfers.

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Roca is another name who would be extremely unlikely to stay at Elland Road this summer, with Real Betis interested in his services and other Spanish suitors likely to enter the fray at some point soon.

The midfielder hasn’t quite been able to find his top form since arriving at the club last summer, but this is understandable considering the struggles under Jesse Marsch, Gracia and now Sam Allardyce.

The former Bayern Munich player has been asked to play a new role since the hamstring injury to Adams, having to drop a touch deeper in a less familiar defensive role.

A lack of trust within the club in Roca is somewhat strange to hear, and hopefully, this can be resolved as the midfielder would be a great asset to keep hold of this summer.

In other Leeds United news, Willy Gnonto could depart Elland Road after just one season in charge and join Sassuolo.