Youngster Gomes quits Leeds for France

Madger Gomes during Leeds United's friendly at Guiseley last summer.
Madger Gomes during Leeds United's friendly at Guiseley last summer.
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Madger Gomes has become the first summer departure from Leeds United by joining French club Sochaux on a permanent deal.

Gomes has departed for France after failing to make an impact at Elland Road following his arrival from Liverpool’s academy on a three-year contract last June.

Leeds saw the 21-year-old midfielder as a development-squad signing but involved him in their pre-season schedule and hoped that Gomes would break into their senior plans during the Championship term.

Gomes, though, played only twice during Carabao Cup fixtures against Port Vale and Newport County in August and was held back by injury. He showed no sign of breaking through in the latter stages of the term as former head coach Paul Heckingbottom began blooding a number of Under-23s.

Sochaux, who are in France’s second division, are understood to have paid a small fee for the Spaniard. He has signed a two-year deal.

Leeds have planned a clear-out at Thorp Arch following the failure of last summer’s recruitment and the club’s mid-table finish in the Championship.

Goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald, midfielder Vurnon Anita, striker Pawel Cibicki and winger Hadi Sacko are among those who United want to move on. Marcus Antonsson is also being made available and attracting interest having won promotion from League One on loan with Blackburn Rovers this season.