Salerno admits Massimo Cellino was 'very excited' about signing former loanee Adryan

Nicola Salerno says Massimo Cellino was 'very excited' to sign Adryan last summer.

Outgoing Leeds sporting director Nicola Salerno has told Sky Sports that president Massimo Cellino was excited to sign Brazilian playmaker Adryan.

Salerno's departure from Elland Road was confirmed on the Leeds United official website earlier today, with the Italian leaving by mutual consent.

Now free to pursue other opportunities, Salerno has spoken to Sky Sports about his time at Elland Road - and talked about the signing of Adryan.

The Brazilian playmaker had been likened to Kaka in his homeland, and arrived at Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Flamengo having impressed Cellino during a similar spell at his former club Cagliari.

Adryan had all the tricks and flicks, but didn't offer much in the way of substance for Leeds, playing just 13 games in all competitions for the Whites before his loan deal ended.

Ultimately, Adryan's loan promised much but delivered little, and Salerno has admitted to Sky Sports that Cellino was 'very excited' to sign the 20-year-old - but he simply couldn't adjust to life in England.

"Adryan will leave," said Salerno. "Massimo was very excited to sign Adryan because he was a very good player at Flamengo and Cagliari. But in England, in a 4-4-2, he couldn’t play," he added.

The biggest disappointment?

Leeds' 2014/15 season had plenty of down moments, but the on-running saga with Adryan may go down as one of the most disappointing parts.

The playmaker has so much talent but couldn't put it to good use at Leeds, playing just twice in 2015 under Neil Redfearn as the former Whites boss grew increasingly frustrated with the player.

Adryan will now go on to pursue his career elsewhere, and whilst Leeds fans will hope that he can fulfil his potential, his spell at Elland Road will always be tinged with a sense of what could have been.

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