£18m Leeds United man in the dark over Elland Road future after 'fantastic' loan spell

Diego Llorente is unsure where he will be playing his football next season. The Spanish defender has spent the past two years on loan at Roma.

The centre-back, who joined Leeds United from Real Sociedad for £18m in September 2020, has been a first team regular for the Serie A side this term. Roma are reportedly keen on re-signing Llorente and his Whites teammate Rasmus Kristensen following the club's play-off near miss. The duo are set to return to Elland Road this summer.

Llorente, who has two years left to run on his present United deal, is the most likely to be signed permanently by the Italian side, for a sum in the region of £5 million, as per the purchase terms in his loan agreement. Reflecting on his latest Roma spell, Llorente said: ”The most difficult moment in my career has to be the Europa League final lost in Budapest with Roma.

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”It was a huge disappointment for all of us. When you get to so close to winning a trophy and you are eliminated on penalties… it hurts. Roma? I like it when we go to the Olimpico on match days. Seeing a lot of people, living that environment with so much passion. The first time for me was with Cremonese in the Coppa Italia. Even though we lost, I can’t forget that evening. The stadium is always amazing.”

Speaking in a recent interview with Spagnaculturaescienza.it, Llorente was also quizzed on his future. ”This team is like a big family: the atmosphere in the club is always positive," he said. "I feel the support of the club, of the management. I am very happy here, my wife and children too.

“I don’t know what the future may hold, but as a club I will always have a fantastic memories of Roma.”