Massimo Cellino has laughed off the possibility of Russell Crowe buying Leeds United.
Massimo Cellino admitted to Simon Austin in an exclusive interview that he laughed when he first heard about the links surrounding Leeds United and Hollywood actor Russell Crowe.
The Guardian reported that a group of Leeds fans were set to meet Crowe to urge him to buy the club, but Cellino, who remains away and out of control over the club, doesn’t appear to be taking the links seriously.
“I heard this story about Russell Crowe and I laughed. I like this actor very much and I love his film, Gladiator,” said the Italian.
“As far as I know, he hasn't made any contact, but, look, I am not involved with the club at this time.”
The theory is that without Cellino at the club, a new owner could make a move to come in and take control of things.
Crowe has been touted as a possibility because he has experience of owning a professional side.
He currently owners Rugby League side, the South Sydney Rabbitohs and has turned them into a title contending side, by ensuring that the funds he’s provided have been funnelled into the right areas.
As things stand with Cellino, he will not be returning to Leeds before the end of this season, but will most likely look to resume control of the club in the near future.
Some fans would rather avoid that possibility because of the controversy which often follows the Italian around.
However, his passion towards the club can’t be faulted and it would be interesting to see how the situation unfolds if someone did try to become a new owner.