Tommaso Bianchi declares intention to stay despite 'difficult' first season in England

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds midfielder Tommaso Bianchi is keen to stay at Elland Road.

Leeds United midfielder Tommaso Bianchi has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he wants to stay at Elland Road for the foreseeable future.

Bianchi, 26, arrived in West Yorkshire last summer, joining from Sassuolo as Massimo Cellino helped bring a raft of players in from Italian football.

The midfielder made a strong start to life at Elland Road but tailed off under Neil Redfearn, before being sidelined for the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained in February.

Bianchi has been back in action this summer under new manager Uwe Rosler, but has again suffered another injury, ruling him out of the start of the new Championship season.

The Italian's time at Elland Road has been up-and-down to say the least, and his former Modena manager Walter Novellino even suggested to Gazzetta di Modena that Bianchi wanted to return to Italian football back in January.

However, Bianchi has now tackled that subject, telling the Yorkshire Evening Post that he wants to stay at Elland Road - despite admitting that his first year in England has been 'difficult'.

"I want to stay in Leeds," said Bianchi. "This year we have more experience, especially the international players. The first year was difficult – getting used to a different culture and the type of football. We understand how they play football here in England now. It’s better for us. I think we’re going to have a very good season."

"It was difficult for me because of the change of country, the philosophy of the football, but I think I started well at the beginning of last season. After December I went down because of my fitness and after that I lost my position because the coach changed the system and the team played better. Then I had some bad luck with the tackle at Reading and after the surgery it was hard. But I hope this season will be better. I don’t want to say too much but I’ll continue to work hard and try to play hard," he added.

With the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Luke Murphy and Tom Adeyemi ahead of him in the pecking order, Bianchi may find it hard to start on a regular basis under Rosler.

However, the Championship season is a long one, and injuries, fitness and rotation will become a factor, which should present Bianchi with the perfect opportunity to try and regain his place in the Leeds starting line-up.

Whilst some players like Brian Montenegro, Dario del Fabro and Adryan lasted just one year at Leeds, Bianchi is keen to stick it out - and after an injury-ravaged 2015, the Italian will be hoping for better fortunes this season and beyond.

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