About a month ago, there were multiple reports that AS Roma were considering making a move for Victor Orta to fill in their director of football vacancy.
The Spaniard has been key in building the squad at Marcelo Bielsa’s disposal at Leeds, and while it was always a long shot from the Italian side, there was a firm belief he was on the Serie A side’s list.
Eventually, after over a month of looking at different names, they decided to settle on Benfica’s young Tiago Pinto as general manager for the club, taking over the director of football role in the process, leaving Orta at Elland Road.
It appears it was a job he never wanted to leave, as explained by Gabriel Ruiz, one of the scouts at Leeds, who gave a long interview to TuttoMercatoWeb.
Asked if a move to Roma was a possibility for Orta, he said: “It existed in the past, but the talks didn’t carry on because of his desire to continue at Leeds. Our club’s is a crazy project and his desire has always been to carry it forward, to work with Leeds”.
It appears that any member of the Elland Road faithful who was worried about their director of football need not do so.
Orta is there, and is prepared to see his job under Andrea Radrizzani until the very end.