Diouf’s departure has seemed highly likely throughout a season in which he has barely played and made infrequent appearances in United’s matchday squads.
His last outing was in a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town on January 28 and although the Senegalese international is continuing to train with Leeds, McDermott admitted that Diouf was already considering his options for a move away from Elland Road.
“Dioufy’s now planning for next season,” McDermott said. “I’ve no problem with him. It’s one of those things.”
Leeds made the 33-year-old forward available for transfer last summer but did not receive any firm expressions of interest, and he played in a handful of games early in the season before dropping from the picture after a 3-1 loss at Derby County in October.