Italian press react to Massimo Cellino's decision to sell Leeds United stake

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A look at how the Italian media described Massimo Cellino's decision to sell his stake at Leeds United.

Embattled Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino made the momentous pledge on Friday to sell his stake in the club.

The majority shareholder made the revelation to The BBC that he intended to sell to supporter group Leeds Fans United, although no negotiations have yet taken place.

Cellino was speaking after the 2-0 loss to Blackburn which saw fans overwhelmingly chant for him to leave the club, in a game broadcast on Sky television.

Over in his native Italy, the news did not go unnoticed and was picked up by the media.

Il Fatto Quotidiano reported it was 'game over' for Cellino at Leeds United. Their report commented: "The experience overseas for Cellino lasted a year and a half, and was not successful.

"He bought the club in February 2014 and during his entire management the team has remained mired in the slums of the Premiership , the English second division. Cellino has also gained a reputation for eating-coaches as had happened in Italy at the time he was at Cagliari."

Italy's biggest newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport also reported his decision to sell to the fans.

Il Messaggero reported: "The adventure in England of the former president of Cagliari has been full of obstacles and unexpected, is apparently is coming to an end after just over a year and a half. The straw that broke the camel's back was the home defeat suffered against Blackburn that plunged the Leeds in 18th place in the Championship."

No deal is done yet of course, but Cellino's exit from Leeds is likely to prompt him to return home, and speculation may soon begin as to whether he has any plans to re-immerse himself in Italian football.

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