Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci talks about his trademark beard, insists he decides to shave it off

The Italian is expected to leave the club in the summer.

Mirco Antenucci's future at Leeds United looks to be in doubt. The Italian is out of contract at the end of the season and at the moment it seems the club is reluctant to hand him an extension to the deal.

At the weekend the Italian striker reminded fans what he is capable of, with a tremendous goal to complete a match-winning brace v Bolton Wanderers.

One noticeable difference about the player however was his lack of facial hair. His trademark beard has been significantly trimmed, with the striker now sporting simple stubble.

But when asked by BBC Radio Leeds whether this was the wife's decision, he made it clear that he decided to shave it off:

"Oh it was my decision.

"Because (it requires) a lot of treatment. Shampoo and brush.

"Until the summer, (while it's) nice. For now, finished."

He was then asked whether he would shave it off completely, if it meant scoring a hat-trick for Leeds United:

"No. I don't think so (laughs). If I need it to score a hat-trick then of course."

In January he was linked with several clubs back home in Italy and last month it was reported that his wife was keen on a return to Italy.

The Yorkshire Evening Post is reporting the news, citing Ternana News in Italy, that Antenucci's wife wants to head home to raise their two children, including their recently born baby girl.

The report claimed that his wife would prefer the children grow up in Italy and that could be pressing Antenucci into an exit - regardless of what Leeds want to do with him.

It will be interesting to see whether Antenucci stays or goes. If he leaves he will go as one of the more popular of Massimo Cellino's Italian imports.

And whether his wife wants to head home or not, Antenucci will be making the decision that is best for his career and family, and best of luck to him.

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