Leeds United to head to Spanish training camp next week

Thomas Christiansen during Leeds United's pre-season training camp in Austria
Thomas Christiansen during Leeds United's pre-season training camp in Austria
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Thomas Christiansen will take Leeds United’s squad to a training camp in Spain next week as the club look to ready themselves for the Championship run-in.

United’s head coach and his players are due to fly out to Murcia on Monday after the rearrangement of their forthcoming trip to Hull City left the club with an empty week.

Leeds were due to travel to Hull next Saturday but the fixture was moved back by four days, to January 30, after City reached the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Christiansen’s squad will be put through double training sessions on the continent before returning to England to prepare for their trip to the KCOM Stadium.

Writing in his programme column ahead of today’s clash with Millwall at Elland Road, chief executive Angus Kinnear said: “While the January transfer window will continue to dominate the media, the main focus within the club is still on optimising the performance of the strong existing squad which we have absolute confidence has the ability to secure promotion..

“Thomas will take the team to a Spanish training camp on Monday for a week of double training sessions which should provide excellent preparation for the season run-in.”

Christiansen, who took United to Austria for pre-season in July, will use the week in Spain to further integrate new signings Laurens De Bock and Adam Forshaw into his plans.

De Bock was expected to make his debut against Millwall this afternoon having joined from Club Brugge last week but Forshaw has been ruled out by a minor injury.

The club paid around £4.5m to secure both players, on top of £500,000 spent on Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi, and Kinnear said the club would be open to further deals amid ongoing calls for the purchase of a new striker.

“January is a notoriously difficult month to secure both quality and value but we have already shown that when the right opportunity is identified we will act,” he wrote.

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