Rafa Mujica wants to terminate his loan deal at Real Oviedo and return to Leeds United, according to Spanish news outlet Sport.
Eldesmarque had reported that Oviedo, who are fifth in Spain’s Segunda Division, want to send Mujica, 22, back to Elland Road to free up funds and a place in their squad ahead of the transfer window reopens next month.
Sport now claims that Mujica is also keen to see his temporary deal at Oviedo terminated early after he joined them on a season-long loan in August and has since made just three substitute appearances amounting to 34 minutes.
It is also understood that the wheels are already in motion for Mujica to return to West Yorkshire as “Oviedo is already working on the removal” of the centre-forward. However, Sport adds that the “final decision” lies with Leeds.
Mujica joined Leeds from Barcelona’s B team in July 2019, handing the former Spain Under-19 striker a three-year contract.
However, the first year-and-a-half of that contract has been nothing but a mixed bag of results while out on loan.
Mujica played on loan at Extremadura during the first half of last season but had that deal terminated early as he played just eight times. El Periodico Extremadura reported in January that the striker once left a stadium in tears during his time on loan there.
Villarreal’s B team then sign Mujica and he managed to play a lot more football for a team at a lower level than Extremadura and current club Real Oviedo.
During his spell at Villarreal, Mujica scored four goals in seven appearances before the season was curtailed early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of those goals came against his former club Barcelona B.
Mujica showed progress in his short spell at Villarreal but was yet again loaned out to a team that didn’t view him as a member of the first-team.
Leeds have a loan manager in Simone Farina.
While there’s been an improvement in players’ game-time on loan since Farina’s arrival in October 2019, he has failed Mujica this time around.
He needs to come back to Leeds in January to either play for the Whites’ Under-23s or get loaned out to a team that will actually play him.
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