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Ken Bates: How my first ever meeting with Massimo Cellino went

Former Leeds United owner Ken Bates has been recounting his first ever meeting with Massimo Cellino.

Former Leeds United owner Ken Bates has been detailing the first ever time he met new owner Massimo Cellino.

The controversial 82-year-old says he is a fan of the Italian, whose company he said he enjoyed.

Speaking to Radio Yorkshire, Bates said: "Massimo Cellino took over, and we met for the first time on 1 August, at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

"He walked in, and said your Ken Bates. I said yes let's have a drink.

"I offered him a glass of prosecco, an Italian champagne, he said certainly not, I want double scotch on the rocks.

"I had a bottle of wine, we got on like a house on fire."

Bates went onto reveal how Cellino immediately won him over by sorting out a complex legal affair between himself and GFH, which had been unresolved for several months.

He added: "Forget what you read in newspapers. I know some fans met him in the ground and they get on with him, there's always a courtship, honeymoon period, but I like him."

The pair are strong personalities, who are not bound by having to have to deal with each other on a regular basis. If that were the case then fireworks could be expected, and that's further distraction the club's fans could do without.

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