Cellino's captain: 'Would I go to Leeds? Absolutely not!'

Elland Road

Prospective Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino’s recent comments do not appear to have impressed Cagliari skipper Daniele Conti.

Controversy seems to follow Massimo Cellino wherever he goes, as a result of either his words or past business affairs.

The Sardinian entrepreneur did not take long to cause a stir in England, as his initial bid to take over Leeds United was rejected by the Football League.

But with a successful appeal at his back, Cellino’s plan to acquire 75% ownership of Leeds is back on and reportedly nearing completion.

His foray into English football has not gone down well with some in the Cagliari camp, however.

Fans voiced their displeasure during Sunday’s defeat to Roma as the club’s future is uncertain with owner Cellino’s attention now seemingly fixed on Leeds.

The 57-year-old even managed to incur the wrath of Isolani captain Conti - who took exception to an unflattering comparison Cellino made between Cagliari and Leeds.

“I don’t like someone saying some teams are like a Ferrari and here it’s like driving a Fiat 500,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I am proud to have been driving this 500 for many years. This little car has been stable in Serie A for 11 years.

“Some phrases certainly irritated us - there ought to be more respect for the players.

“These are phrases that hurt football, we do feel offended."

And Conti, who saw head coach Diego Lopez sacked after Sunday's loss, certainly didn’t appreciate being asked if he’d follow Cellino to Elland Road.

“Would I go to Leeds? Absolutely not!”

Cagliari may soon be under new ownership, as reports in Italy have claimed talks are underway between Cellino and the Qatar Foundation, as well as an American consortium.

But for now the future remains unclear for the club Cellino bought 22 years ago. And in turn, the frustration of fans and players in Sardinia is pretty understandable.

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