Steve Evans asked if Saturday will be Mirco Antenucci's last game for Leeds United, responds

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The Italian striker is out of contract at Elland Road this summer.

Steve Evans says he has heard more from the press about the future of Mirco Antenucci than he has from the relevant people behind a potential new contract for the Leeds United striker, BBC Radio Leeds reports.

Antenucci, who is Leeds' second top scorer this season with nine goals, is approaching the end of his two-year deal at Elland Road.

Reports have this week linked the Italian with a return to his homeland with Parma, who were recently promoted to the third tier.

Serie B sides Ascoli and Ternana, Antenucci's former club, have also been listed as suitors ahead of the Whites' final league game of the season at Preston North End on Saturday.

And head coach Evans cannot guarantee it won't be the 31-year-old's last.

"I’ve read more in the press (about Antenucci's future)," he told BBC Radio Leeds on Thursday.

Asked if he'd had an answer from the club regarding a decision over a renewal for the player, Evans replied: "No - because I don’t get involved in that.

"I think the other people, the agent of Mirco and Leeds United, they’re the people who get together and decide if it’s going to happen.

"What I do know about the kid is he’s come in, he’s been professional everyday, he’s got on with his work - he had the biggest smile on his face when he rattled one in in training today."

Antenucci is one of only two Leeds players out of contract this summer, along with 19-year-old goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

However, unlike the former Torino front man, reports claim Peacock-Farrell has been offered fresh terms already.

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