Leeds defender says he has two characters, admits a problem

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Giuseppe Bellusci says that he feels settled at Leeds United now.

Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci wrote on the club’s matchday programme ahead of Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town at Elland Road that he found the language barrier hard in his first season at the club.

Bellusci joined Championship side Leeds in the summer of 2014 after leaving Italian outfit Catania.

The 26-year-old centre-back has revealed that he found it tough to get to grips with the English language.

The former Ascoli man, though, has made it clear that he is much settled now, claiming that his teammates can understand him better as a person.

“I did not speak English very well last season," Bellusci wrote on the club’s matchday programme ahead of Saturday’s game against Huddersfield Town at Elland Road. "It made my first year at Leeds very difficult.

"I told the lads when I first came to Leeds that I have two characters. One is out on the pitch, the other is in the changing room. But because I could not speak English, the dressing room knew only one Bellusci.

"They did not know the other person. But now I speak better English and I understand the changing room. The language barrier is over and that has helped me a lot.”

Bellusci has created five chances in 22 Championship appearances for Leeds so far this season.

The Italian defender has a pass accuracy of 72% and a shot accuracy of 38%, and has won 31 headers, six dribbles and 42 tackles.

Leeds are 13th in the Championship table at the moment with 47 points from 37 matches.

The West Yorkshire outfit will return to action at the start of next month when they take on Rotherham United away from home in the Championship.

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