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Adryan even more likely to stay at Leeds as star Flamengo playmaker returns

Lucas Mugni's displays for Flamengo could mean Adryan will stay at Leeds.

Leeds United's time under the ownership of Massimo Cellino has been eventful to say the very least.

The Italian is already on his third manager of the season, sold Leeds' star striker Ross McCormack for £11m and brought in a host of players from Italian football to replenish the Leeds squad.

One of the players familiar with Serie A was playmaker Adryan. The Brazilian youth international, once tipped to be the next Kaka, spent time on loan with Cellino's former club Cagliari last season, and it was then no surprise to see him arrive at Elland Road.

After a slow start to life in West Yorkshire, Adryan has now hit a good run of form, playing a starring role in Neil Redfearn's first win as permanent boss, laying on an assist for Souleymane Doukara's goal in the 3-1 victory over Blackpool.

Fans are now hopeful that they can somehow keep 20-year-old Adryan at Elland Road for the long term, as his loan spell only lasts for the duration of the season.

Now, their hopes have been increased after his parent club Flamengo enjoyed the return of their own playmaker, Lucas Mugni.

The Argentine was always highly rated whilst with Colon, and the 22-year-old made the move to Brazil shortly after Adryan joined Cagliari in January.

In this weekend's game against Coritiba, Mugni made his return to the Flamengo side after a period out of the team, and opened the scoring with a well placed finish, setting his side on their way to a 3-2 win - and people who watched the game were full of praise for Mugni. 

If Mugni keeps up his impressive form, then Flamengo may decide to go forward with Mugni rather than Adryan, as both players want to play in that No. 10 role behind the striker.

That's all great news for Leeds, who will be desperate to keep hold of Adryan, who is becoming increasingly important for Leeds and Redfearn as the season progresses.

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