Andoni Iraola, the current manager of Rayo Vallecano, has expressed his desire to become the next manager of Leeds United.
This news has been reported by the Daily Record, which states that Iraola has requested permission from Rayo Vallecano to take over at Leeds.
Leeds views Iraola as their top choice as a new manager and director of football Victor Orta traveled to Madrid on Tuesday to start talks with Iraola.
Orta is hoping to reach a compensation agreement with Rayo Vallecano to bring Iraola on board as the next manager of Leeds.
Iraola’s current contract with Rayo Vallecano expires at the end of this season and the club has held talks with him about a new deal.
Given Iraola’s successes at Rayo Vallecano, the club is likely to seek significant compensation to allow him to join Leeds as their next manager.
Leeds hoped to appoint a new manager by Sunday, but this may be delayed if negotiations for compensation take longer than expected.
Rayo Vallecano does not want to see Iraola leave, as he has helped the team achieve a fifth place position in La Liga and is considered an “excellent candidate” by La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides.