By Craig Scott

6th Oct, 2020 | 8:11am

'They wouldn't want him' - Kinnear confirms Leeds senior man is wanted by other clubs

Angus Kinnear has confirmed that Leeds United director of football Victor Orta is attracting interest from other clubs.

Recent reports have linked Orta with a move to Serie A giants Roma with the Spanish recruitment expert doing a fine job at Elland Road while working with Marcelo Bielsa.

Not only did Orta play a big role in hiring Bielsa, he’s also overseen a number of transfers that have helped elevate the squad from a mid-table Championship one to one that now sits eighth in the Premier League.

However, Kinnear has issued what seems to be a hands-off warning to other clubs who want to hire Orta.

Kinnear also joked that Orta’s antics in the directors’ box are a reason why clubs shouldn’t pursue him either.

“Victor’s been a massive part of our success, both in the Championship and the squad that he’s building in the Premier League,” Kinnear told Sky Sports News on Monday night.

“There is interest from other clubs in Victor. It doesn’t surprise us but we’re not letting him go anywhere and if they saw his behaviour in the directors’ box, they wouldn’t want him either.”

Orta was widely criticised – and rightly so – in his first few transfer windows as Leeds’ director of football as the Spaniard made a clear decision to go with quantity over quality.

Who can forget the mass influx of players like Caleb Ekuban, Ouasim Bouy, Jay-Roy Grot, Yosuke Ideguchi, Laurens De Bock and Pierre-Michel Lasogga?

Of course, some of the players from Orta’s first season at Leeds are now key players for Bielsa in the Premier League with Mateusz Klich and Ezgjan Alioski massively exceeding expectations under the Argentine.

Bielsa’s arrival grounded Orta as he stopped making any signings that were not given the go-ahead by the manager.

And Bielsa’s eye for a player who fits his style, has the personality he wants and can meet his high fitness standards has worked well with Orta’s ability to strike a good deal.

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