Leeds United attacker Mirco Antenucci now wears the number seven shirt for Leeds.
Leeds United striker Mirco Antenucci has explained that he almost ended up with the number 77 shirt number at the club in his debut season.
The forward signed from Ternana in 2014 and has played well in spells for the club, although has been unable to hold down a regular starting spot, playing under five different managers in two seasons.
This season he is wearing his preferred number seven shirt, but could not do so in his debut season at the club, with Luke Murphy holding that squad number.
Speaking to Corrierre dello Sport, reporting online by Stopandgoal.net, Antenucci said that as a result of this he asked for a different number.
He said: "I have always done well with the number 7. The first day at Leeds I asked for 77 because 7 was occupied, but Cellino made me take the 34 because the other was ... 'outside the box'."
Antenucci got his wish this season with Murphy switching to number eight.
Owner Massimo Cellino has his quirks too, refusing to give the number 17 to any player because he believes it brings bad luck.
Antenucci added that the training schedule at Leeds took some adjusting to after joining.
He said: "There are double sessions, we only train in the morning and on Wednesday we have the day off. With Silvestri and Bellusci we were together, we arrived around the same time and we helped each other. "