Official: Diego Llorente joins Roma on loan from Leeds United

Andy Mattioli

Roma have officially announced the signing of Spanish defender Diego Llorente on loan from Leeds United.

Llorente, 29, has joined the Giallorossi from Premier League side Leeds United on a temporary basis until 30 June 2023.

As part of the agreement, the club has the option to make the transfer permanent.

“When the possibility of coming to Roma was presented to me I did not need to think about it twice,” Llorente said.

“Coming here is a big step forward for me in my career and I want to make the most of this opportunity.

“Rome is beautiful, an incredible city, and I think it is almost impossible to find a better place to play football.

“The club is fighting to achieve great things on all fronts this season and I am ready to make my contribution towards that.”

A graduate of the Real Madrid youth academy, Llorente was given his professional debut by then-Real coach Jose Mourinho at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Capable of playing at both full-back and in a defensive midfield role, the versatile operator has gone on to enjoy spells at Rayo Vallecano, Malaga, Real Sociedad and Leeds.

He made his international debut for Spain in May 2016, going on to win 10 caps to date for La Roja.

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