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Cagliari director admits Cellino could take players to Leeds

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Nicola Salerno, Cagliari's sporting director, has admitted player transfers to Leeds United are at the mercy of owner Massimo Cellino

Cagliari and Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is yet to comment on possible transfers between the two clubs, however, speculation in Italy is rife and many journalist and supporters predict it will be a case of when rather than if.

So far, five players have been touted with a move from Cagliari to Elland Road and Salerno has made no secret that it is a possibility the Serie A club could send players to Leeds in order to improve their squad for next season's promotion push.

Talking to highly-regarded Sports website Calcionews24, the Cagliari sporting director once again played down talks of a mass exodus to Leeds United, claiming the future of the potential transfers are in Cellino's hands:

'Yes, the ownership is the same as well, but you have to wait and see what the future plans of Cellino are regarding it.

'The conditions and the guidelines to be followed for the future still need to be decided, then we still have to wait for the decisions of the president,' Salerno admitted.

Although a number of players have decided to stay quiet on the speculation front, Cagliari striker Mauricio Pinilla has insisted he won't be a Championship player next season: 'Leeds? England is not for me. My deal expires in 2015, after the World Cup i'll talk with the club and I could leave.'

It makes for an incredibly interesting summer at Elland Road where a high-rate of ins and outs are expected. In the past few weeks, due to their strong end to the season, Cellino looks more and more likely to keep current manager Brian McDermott in the Elland Road hot-seat as he looks to build a side capable of pushing for promotion next term.

Leeds went on to pick up a total of 10 points from a possible 15 in their last five games, which if nothing else, shows how important the stability off the pitch was to their season's form.

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