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Massimo Cellino suggests he has no intention of losing Leeds midfielder Casper Sloth

The Leeds United owner clearly rates his young Danish midfielder.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds about the prospect of some of his current first-team players heading out on loan this season, and his comments may surprise a few people.

Cellino was asked specifically about young Danish midfielder Casper Sloth after the 23-year-old failed to feature for the senior side since Uwe Rosler took charge, but the Italian is clearly thinking about the long-term.

“I think Sloth is a good player, he can play in a couple of positions,” Cellino told the BBC. “He’s still young. Sometimes the players, it is better if they are still here and they grow with the team. Instead you send them away and you lose them.”

Sloth may well want to play regular first-team football – especially when you consider he appeared 133 times for Aarhus before moving to Elland Road. But Cellino and Rosler will both know there is a long hard season ahead of them and they will need plenty of players in the coming months.

The relatively small size of Leeds’ squad could make Sloth even more important, and it may be a case of the Dane being patient for the next few months.

After all, when he has played he has not let himself or his club down and that kind of consistency in a fringe player is to be admired.

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