Leeds United manager Daniel Farke has confirmed that the club are planning to reach a solution with Helder Costa’s contract, as the player remains frozen out of the squad.
Leeds’ signings in recent seasons have not been rousing successes, with only a handful from the Premier League era making it stick at Elland Road.
What’s the latest with Costa?
Having spent the previous two seasons out on loan with Valencia and then Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, Costa finds himself with no future at Leeds.
He was not given a squad number and has been training solo ever since returning to Thorp Arch, with Daniel Farke very open on the fact there is a mutual agreement that his future lies elsewhere.
Helder Costa was looking to be a real marquee signing when he joined from Wolves initially on loan, before costing £16million in the summer after Leeds were promoted.
The manager was asked about his situation during his pre-Southampton press conference, to which he offered a clear response:
“No, so nothing has changed. We made it clear in the beginning, Helder’s wish was also to have a move and we also decided that he is not in our plans and for that, everything’s professional, everything is clear between all parties.
“The club is working behind the scenes on a good solution, but he is not in our plans because we want a group where everyone is really fully focused and fully committed, and after our initial chat, everything was in a professional and honest way, and no complaints about this.
“I think Helder had a great career here in English football also a really great guy, always good to see him, but he won’t be involved.”
Costa has less than a year on his contract after joining permanently in 2020, meaning his deal will expire at the end of this season, unless the club reach an agreement to terminate his deal earlier.
The sooner he leaves the better for everyone, because he’s wasting his time just collecting a wage at Thorp Arch with no football to work for.
There surely won’t be a shortage of clubs that would take him, given what he has done in his career previously.
Injuries and his struggles at Leeds haven’t helped his stock, but he has the chance to jump start his career by leaving us.