Massimo Cellino comments on Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri

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Leeds United president Massimo Cellino sings the praises of goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.

Leeds United president Massimo Cellino has given his backing to underfire goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.

The Italian has been one of the best players for the Whites so far this season, but he has come under scrutiny over the past few days.

Silvestri committed a howler against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park last weekend which resulted in the hosts scoring an equaliser in the second half.

Blackburn would eventually go on to score a controversial penalty late on and win the contest 2-1, leading some observers to doubt Silvestri.

Leeds manager Neil Redfearn has since played down the 23-year-old’s mistake, and now Cellino has sang the praises of his Italian compatriot.

“We are lucky to have Marco at Leeds," Cellino told Leeds’s official website. "He is a very talented young goalkeeper that could be playing in Serie A in Italy, but has chosen to join us in Leeds. For his age, Marco is one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe.”

Leeds are currently 16th in the Championship table with 20 points from 18 matches, just two points above the relegation zone. The Whites will take on league leaders Derby County at Elland Road on Saturday.

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