Report: Cellino says Leeds players want to leave, three names suggested

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Massimo Cellino claims his popularity among players has a few considering their future at the club.

The fallout from Massimo Cellino losing his appeal at Leeds United continues, with the owner telling the Yorkshire Evening Post players could choose to leave the club.

The Italian lost his Football League appeal against his ownership ban this week, relating to a past conviction for tax evasion in Italy.

The paper state: "Cellino, however, claimed three players - Souleymane Doukara, Casper Sloth and Tommaso Bianchi - had indicated their intention to quit Elland Road if his appeal failed and he insisted again that his ban was hindering attempts to sign new players.

“This disqualification kills us,” he said. “We have to persuade players to come and we have to persuade players not to leave us. A lot of the players want to leave.”

Cellino may be trying to be transparent and honest, but telling the paper about the three players uncertainty at Leeds makes life difficult for the trio, especially on the eve of a game.

All three are on permanent deals having signed in the summer, but none of them have become fan favourites so far, with Doukara and Sloth struggling to hold down first team places.

It's hard to imagine any of the players will be pleased at their names being put forward in this manner, at a time when head coach Neil Redfearn needs his side to stick together, the players and fans need to stay united as a club to ensure a turnaround in results on the pitch which have suffered badly ever since the Italian's ban was initially announced.

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