Qatari takeover talk at Leeds United is a fairy-tale, says Massimo Cellino

Twitter has been rumbling with talks of a Qatari takeover, but what did Massimo Cellino say on the matter?

The ownership of Leeds United has often been in the headlines over the past few months. Italian Massimo Cellino's controversial reign at the Elland Road helm has often come in for scrutiny and criticism.

At one point it even looked like he would be selling the club after continued abuse from Leeds fans at home fixtures.

In the end he never did sell the club and, although he is still awaiting a decision on his second ban from the club, he remains a figure at home matches.

Plenty of names have been linked with taking over at Leeds. Local businessman Steve Parkin, Leeds Fans United and even Austrian energy drink company Red Bull were all linked with potential takeovers this season.

There was even a rumour of potential Qatari interest doing the rounds on Twitter at the start of the month - which was met mainly with scepticism from Leeds fans online.

Rightly so it seems. The Yorkshire Evening Post report today that Cellino told them that Qatari takeover interest is simply a 'fairy tale'.

Of course Leeds fans would love it if a Qatari bloke with more money that he knew what to do with came and snapped up the club, plunging millions of pounds of investment in.

At the moment however, this is simply a fable.

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