Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has joked on Fox Sports that Mirco Antenucci, Tommaso Bianchi and Marco Silvestri are the worst players in the team when it comes to speaking English.
The Championship outfit have a number of foreign players, many of whom are still coming to grasp with the English language.
Bellusci, who joined Leeds from Catania in the summer of 2014, is improving on his English, but he has admitted that his wife speaks the language better than he does.
While stressing on the importance of learning the language for a better understanding with his teammates, the 25-year-old Italian centre-back joked that three of his compatriots are the worst.
“My wife speaks it already better than me,” he told Fox Sports. “Mirco Antenucci, Tommaso Bianchi and Marco Silvestri are the worst in English (laughs). We have to improve all the time, along with the whole team.”
Communication is hugely important for a team, both on the pitch and off it, and it is indeed great that the non-English speaking Leeds players are working towards learning the language.
It is not easy to learn a new language when one is in his 20s or 30s, but the effort that the likes of Bellusci and Antenucci are putting indicates that they are determined to do so.
With the majority of the foreign players set to stay at Leeds for next season, if the Whites as a team improve on their communication, then it will aid their promotion push in 2015-16.