One of the infamous injured six Mirco Antenucci comments on last year's difficult moments

Mirco Antenucci

The Italian is now in his happiest state of mind at Leeds United.

Mirco Antenucci has been talking to the BBC this week about all things Leeds United. He made it clear he would love a new deal at the club, with his current contract expiring in the summer.

But he also went on record to clear up some of the stories about him from last season.

Many of the players signed by Massimo Cellino were often maligned by the Leeds fans - some of them rightly considering their poor performances.

But it was when six of them all pulled out injured the day before a game with Charlton Athletic that Antenucci found himself in hot water.

Antenucci, Giuseppe Bellusci, Dario del Fabro, Marco Silvestri, Souleymane Doukara and the Albanian Edgar Cani all told then boss Neil Redfearn they were injured and could not play in the game the day before - leaving Redfearn aghast.

Former Leeds United captain Trevor Chery was quoted by The Guardian as calling them 'disgraceful'.

At the time Antenucci went on Twitter to confirm his injury but he was unfortunately swept up in the controversy. He did not play for Leeds again under Redfearn.

But he made it clear to the BBC that he remains devoted to Leeds:

"I am happy because the feeling with everything of Leeds United now is better. It is good.

"Last year two or three things were not true about me. It was the wrong situation.

"But now the people know that I put on the pitch all of myself, all my best."

Of the Cellino signings Antenucci has been one of the more popular additions. He has learnt the language, settled in well in the area and his goal-scoring capability and trademark beard make him an easily likable fan favourite.

Now he seems to be in the best place he has ever been at Leeds, with manager Steve Evans a huge fan of his talents.

Hopefully he can repay that faith in goals at Elland Road.

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