Released Leeds ace Antenucci impressed by Sheffield Wednesday star Fernando Forestieri

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci celebrates scoring his sides first goal

Leeds ace praises Fernando Forestieri, of Sheffield Wednesday.

Leeds United's Mirco Antenucci celebrates scoring his sides first goal

Mirco Antenucci has given an interview to Italian outlet in which he addresses a variety of topics.

Antenucci has been released by Leeds after two seasons at the club, and explained that it was not his decision to leave, he simply was not offered a new deal.

He said: "There was not an approach from the club so I understood that they wanted to focus on other players. I accepted quietly."

The striker looks set to return to Italy when he officially becomes a free agent. He admitted the standard of the English Championship was tough, but praised one player in particular who caught his eye.

He said: "The Championship is a tough tournament. At the top Burnley, Middlesbrough or Brighton, teams are very difficult to deal with. But every club has its strengths, and there are many players who have impressed me. One of them is Forestieri, who has also played in Italy."

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri celebrates after the game

Forestieri has been instrumental in Sheffield Wednesday's season, helping them into the play-off final.

Unfortunately for Antenucci, Forestieri was almost a teammate of his last season.

Leeds made an approach to sign him from Watford last summer, only to be frustrated with the delay in the deal, and they walked away, with owner Massimo Cellino issuing a statement on the club's official website blasting the striker as lacking the right mentality to play for the club.

He has gone onto score 15 goals this season, a figure which would have made him Leeds' leading scorer. 

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino in the stands with fans

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