Massimo Cellino says he will quit football when he leaves Leeds United

The controversial Italian has ruled out returning to Italy to own a club.

Leeds United have certainly been through the mill recently. The club owner Massimo Cellino has been a much-maligned figure at Elland Road since he took over at the club because of his irrational decision making.

Numerous managers, outlandish press conferences and poor recruitment - it has been a rollercoaster with Cellino at the helm.

Of course Leeds fans could have known this was coming. Cellino was a maverick owner at his former club Cagliari, where he picked up the nickname 'the manager eater' for his penchant for sacking his head coaches.

This week he has been speaking to Unione Sarda in his homeland and spoke about his love for his former club.

But he also made it clear that, if he did leave Leeds, he would be leaving football as well.

He stated:

"Go back to Italy? But if I am considered a smuggler and a businessman. I also called the last magistrates who interrogated me.

"I can not and I do not want to be an entrepreneur in Italy. If I go away from Leeds, I close with the football. In life we ​​must also admit that they have failed or if we have not been good enough."

Of course it does not look like he is on his way out of Leeds any time soon.

He was all set to sell the club recently to the Leeds Fans United group but then backtracked on that deal and decided in the end he would not be moving the club from his ownership.

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