Date: 31st May 2021 at 8:00am
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David Norris is confident that Diego Llorente will still be a Leeds player next season despite his tricky first campaign at Elland Road.

The Spaniard arrived in an £18m deal from Real Sociedad last summer, but his opening half of the season was halted by hamstring and groin problems.

In fact, the centre-back featured just twice in the Premier League before the end of February.

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However, following his return to fitness, Llorente was a regular under Marcelo Bielsa, starting 12 of Leeds’ final 14 matches, missing only the final-day victory over West Brom as a precaution, and netted his only goal to rescue a point against Liverpool last month.

Llorente’s form earned him a place in the squad for the Euros, where he’ll be to looking to add to his seven caps in what could be his first appearance at a major tournament.

Leeds boast an impressive record with the 27-year-old in the side, losing just four times in his 15 appearances, taking an impressive 27 points from a possible 45 available.

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And following an encouraging end to his first campaign in , Norris believes that Llorente will kick on next season.

Asked whether he can see him leaving this summer amid reports about Leeds cashing-in on him, he told This is Futbol:

“I don’t think so. I think he likes it there. I spoke to one of the players, and he said he seems happy there. The lads like him, so on a personal level he seems settled.

“He’s had half a good season really, there were a few question marks before, so I don’t know whether that trade off one good half season against a cost that Leeds are probably going to ask for him, so I probably expect to see him stay.”