Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has revealed he doesn't expect Davide Somma to be at the club next season.
Somma is currently recovering from a third knee operation after suffering damaged cartilage two weeks before the end of the Championship season, in which Leeds finished in 13th position.
The 28-year-old is coming to the end of his three-year deal at Elland Road and was told in May that Leeds would not be immediately extending his contract, although McDermott revealed he is willing to help the South African in some way.
McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "We’ll look after him, try to get him fit and if something comes up for him elsewhere, we’ll try to make sure that nothing stops him taking up the opportunity.
"I think realistically a new deal’s not going to happen. You never say never in football but that’s not necessarily how we were thinking.
"At the moment he just needs to concentrate on getting fit and over all the injuries. You feel for him."
Leeds named Somma on a 10-man released list announced the day before travelling to Watford for their last game of the season after the striker made only two appearances for the Yorkshire club this campaign.
He did score in his couple of appearances as he netted against Nottingham Forest in a 4-2 defeat on Boxing Day.
During his Leeds career, the former San Jose Earthquakes man, also had loan spells at Chesterfield and Lincoln City.
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