Massimo Cellino responds when asked if he would leave Leeds for Italian football

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says that he could walk away from football after his spell in England.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has suggested he may walk away from football altogether after his time in Yorkshire.

His future plans are unknown, but in an interview with Italian outlet Unione Sarda, he was asked if he would consider a return to Italy.

After a lengthy spell in charge at Cagliari, he ran into legal trouble for tax reasons, reported The BBC, and feels no desire to return to football in the country and be the subject of additional scrutiny.

He said: "I also called the last magistrates who interrogated me. I cannot and I do not want to be a businessman in Italy.

"If I go away from Leeds, I close with the football. In life we ​​must also admit that you have failed or [have] not been good enough."

The 59-year-old evidently has no desire to start again, but his language regarding Leeds is non-committal, saying 'if' he leaves Leeds, rather than 'when'.

In November the BBC described how Cellino had called off an 'agreement' in principle to sell his stake in the club to supporter group Leeds Fans United, and he has remained silent on his plans ever since.

Cellino did describe the challenge facing the club on the field as particularly tough. He added to Unione Sarda: "Leeds has difficulties to emerge.

"Winning the Championship in England is as difficult as in Italy to enter the Champions League."

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