Leeds United boss does not believe Giuseppe Bellusci has a special relationship with Massimo Cellino

The Italian defender has been in poor form recently.

Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci has found himself in the crosshairs of pundits and fans recently after some shocking performances in the heart of the Leeds defence.

His two errors in recent games have cost the Leeds team dear.

It was he who effectively forced Marco Silvestri into giving away a red card against Rotherham United and a penalty – before stepping in between the posts. He then gave away a penalty against QPR to gift Tjaronn Chery a chance of levelling up in their most recent outing.

His form has seen him receive plenty of stick in the press and among the Leeds fanbase – with the suggestion that his relationship with controversial Leeds owner Massimo Cellino gives him too much leeway at the club.

It was this question that was put to Leeds head coach Steve Evans earlier today. He had this to say to BBC Radio Leeds:

“Well the first thing I would say is I wouldn’t know if he has a close relationship with Mr Cellino.


“It would surprise me. I think Mr Cellino is reasonably close to a lot of the players and not in a bad way. That’s because he will come to this wonderful facility. He’ll come to Thorp Arch, he’ll see us at Elland Road on a match day.

“I don’t think that Peppe has any special, close relationship. The fact that he’s from Italy would be the connection but there’s more players in that dressing room from Italy as you’ll know and I don’t hear that they have a relationship.

“So I think people perhaps overplay that card.”

So Evans seems to believe that there is nothing in the stories regarding the Italian’s friendship with the Leeds owner.

He went on to suggest that Bellusci has trained hard this week after his errors and it looks like he might be in line for a start against Burnley this weekend.

Leeds fans will probably hope that Sol Bamba has recovered from his illness to take his place.

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