Cellino: Leeds deal isn't done yet

Elland Road pitchside

Cagliari owner Massimo Cellino has declared emphatically that he hasn't yet completed a deal to take over Leeds United.

Massimo Cellino was outspoken as ever as he explained that he hadn't yet taken ownership of Leeds United.

The Sardinian entrepreneur is attempting to purchase a controlling stake in Leeds and is said to be on the brink of closing a deal.

Last week it was reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport that the agreement was complete and just awaiting FA clearance, but Cellino made clear that nothing is definite yet.

"Have I bought Leeds? I haven't completed anything at all and I'm not going to discuss it," he told La Nuova Sardegna.

"But I am really tempted to sell Cagliari. Perhaps it would be better for me to leave given the situation."

Cellino has owned hometown club Cagliari since 1992, but he would be expected to sell the Rossoblu if he successfully takes over at Elland Road.

The Miami-based businessman has become increasingly frustrated with Cagliari's performances on the pitch of late and attempts to redevelop the club's ground have also been a source of irritation.

Cagliari threw away a 1-0 lead with 86 minutes played to lose 2-1 to AC Milan yesterday, which won't have helped Cellino's mood, but he was more concerned with the fact only 4,500 fans were allowed to attend.

"I hoped that they'd open the Settore Distinti del Sant’Elia for the Milan game - it would have been a nice gesture," he said.

"It would've shown that finally things were being understood, but instead we played in front of a small group of fans. 

"The club and the fans continue to be penalised and I'm going to leave because I can't put up with this situation any more.

"I'm a fighter and I never give up but against some things there's just nothing you can do."

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