'Forget Leeds' - Fernando Forestieri slams Massimo Cellino after failed transfer this summer

The Sheffield Wednesday forward left Watford for Yorkshire earlier this month.

This summer, Leeds United were linked with nearly every Tom, Dick and Harry in the game, but one player they were genuinely keen on was Fernando Forestieri.

The Argentine-Italian, a popular figure at former club Watford, had been made available after the Hornets realised they needed to offload some of their foreign talent to get in line with Premier League squad registration regulations.

It was reported by The Telegraph, among others, prior to the transfer window closing that Leeds would be bringing in the player for a fee in the region of £3 million.

However, the deal never came off and in the end he made a switch to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Massimo Cellino had called off the deal, stating that Forestieri ‘did not have the right mentality needed to come to Leeds’ – as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Now the attacker has bit back.

Forestieri, who has also confirmed that negotiations with Leeds were not as advanced as reported in the press, had this to say about Cellino’s comments – making it clear he is happy to be at Hillsborough, as reported by The Yorkshire Evening Post:

“No, [I do not think Cellino’s comments are fair] because if you do not feel good to go to this club, maybe you don’t have a good mentality because you are not happy with this club.

“I come here and I have a good mentality because I really want to come here and not there. I think he (Cellino) said: ‘he does not have a good mentality to come here’ because I do not feel good and confident in this club.

“But forget Leeds, I am happy here (at Sheffield Wednesday).”

The attacker, then, was certainly not pleased with the comments of the Leeds owner and is surely now hoping to put the issues behind him and push on with The Owls.

But when the two clubs meet again in January, you can bet Forestieri will be hoping to get one over on Cellino and Leeds.

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