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Robbie Blake: What club insiders tell me about the Italians at Leeds

Former Leeds United striker Robbie Blake has called for unity ahead of next season.

Former Leeds United attacker Robbie Blake told talkSPORT that he’s been told negative things about the Italians at his old club.

Leeds have a number of Italian players on their books as well as an Italian owner and chairman in the form of Massimo Cellino.

He explained in an interview for the radio station, why he thinks it’s important that players and officials work out any issues they have with each other over the course of the summer.

“There’s a core of Italian players in there and speaking to one or two insiders from the football club, by all accounts, they have been an absolute nightmare – Don’t make any mistake, these off the field problems can really affect team binding and team morale,” he said.

Cellino denied before the end of last season that he had asked some players to go on strike, as reported by the Sun, just before a match against Charlton, which left the hands of manager Neil Redfearn tied in terms of selection for that game.

Cellino is also an owner who seems to enjoy having complete control at the football club and the ability to make decisions in key areas.

Regardless of any friction between himself and other officials or any sets of players, it’s important for Leeds to move forward united as one.

The club should be aiming for promotion into the Premier League next season, which will be made easier by a close and strong team spirit over fractions, which can keep everyone permanently divided while Cellino is in charge.

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