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Leeds United summer exodus continues as striker Rodrigo leaves club

Leeds United forward Rodrigo has left the Whites to join Qatari side Al Rayyan, the club have confirmed.

News of the 32-year-old’s departure is not a surprise after reports emerged that he was undergoing a medical in Qatar yesterday, but will still come as a slight blow to the strength of new Leeds manager Daniel Farke’s squad.

Rodrigo was one of the Whites’ top performers last season after enduring a tough spell in West Yorkshire following his arrival from La Liga side Valencia in the summer of 2020. He finished last term having scored 13 times and assisted once in 31 Premier League appearances.

The Spaniard’s consistency across the season was not enough to save Leeds from relegation however, as they sunk to the Championship after three years spent in the top-flight.

Now, Rodrigo has become the latest member of the side to depart, after signing a deal with Qatar-based side Al Rayyan understood to be in the region of £3.5m.

A statement released by the club read: “Leeds United forward Rodrigo has today joined Qatar Stars League side Al-Rayyan SC. The 32-year-old signed for the Whites in the summer of 2020 from Valencia, upon the club’s promotion to the Premier League.

“He went on to make 97 appearances during his time at Elland Road, across all competitions, scoring 28 goals.

“We thank Rodrigo for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.”

Rodrigo follows defenders Robin Koch and Diego Llorente as well as midfielder Brenden Aaronson by leaving LS11 following relegation, with a move for midfielder Marc Roca to Real Betis believed to be on the verge of completion.

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