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Leonardo Pavoletti, who snubbed Leeds United in January, eyeing European qualification with Genoa

The Italian striker scored his first goal for the club last night against Parma.

In December Leeds United began putting plans in place to snap up Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti. Nicolas Salerno, Leeds' sporting director, confirmed interest in the player, as reported by the IB Times.

Pavoletti even travelled to Leeds. In late December, according to GianlucadiMarzio.com, he came to watch Leeds face Wigan Athletic and went on a tour of the club's facilities.

He was struggling for first-team football at Sassuolo, despite scoring 24 goals on loan at Varese in the 2013-14 season during a loan spell.

But he snubbed Leeds, instead joining Genoa in January.

He has struggled for first-team football at the club but last night he scored his first goal for the club since joining, in a 2-0 win against Parma, and was clearly pleased with the landmark.

Now, just four months after rejecting Leeds, he is talking about qualifying for Europe. Pavoletti told the Italian press, as reported by Forza Italian Football:

“After the defeat against Chievo we wanted to get back to fighting.

“My goal? The Genoa supporters have helped me a lot. I missed an incredible chance but then I redeemed myself.

“We train hard and we are fighting to reach our target of Europe. We will try until the end, we are a great group.”

Genoa are now seventh in Serie A and are only five points adrift of Sampdoria and Fiorentina in sixth and fifth respectively in the Italian top-flight. So it is certainly possible that he can help fire Genoa into European competition for next season.

If he had gone to Leeds he would have found himself at a club again being divided by off-field problems, which has spilled over onto the pitch.

Imagine he is enjoying the European battle a little bit more.

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