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Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers says Massimo Cellino will return in May

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The future of the club is currently in doubt after a week of turmoil.

It has been a typically dramatic week in the life of Leeds United fans. This week saw the club suspend assistant Steve Thompson, despite his excellent impact since arriving at the club to assist popular head coach Neil Redfearn.

In light of that situation the club chairman released a statement to BBC Radio Leeds clarifying his situation on the topic, and the future of the club.

During the statement he also made it clear that Leeds were not for sale and that Cellino was looking forward to returning to the club.

He is quoted as saying: "Massimo Cellino cannot wait to come back and will be present at our end of season player dinner at Elland Road in early May."

Of course Cellino is currently suspended from the club by the Football League because of irregularities involving a tax case in his Italian homeland.

The owner is therefore not allowed to make decisions at the club and it has been openly questioned just how much influence he currently holds.

But Umbers seemed to be making it clear that Cellino, despite all the issues, had not yet given up on the club.

Of course since then the emergence of the Red Bull takeover bid, as reported by The Mirror last night, has provided yet another twist to the sage.

Perhaps Cellino will not be returning to Leeds United after all.

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