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Massimo Cellino says he will give up and sell Leeds United if they don't win promotion

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

Leeds United owner says he will sell up if they do not win promotion.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the standsLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has told Italian news outlet La Nuevo Sardegna he will sell the club next summer if they do not earn promotion.

Cellino was back in Italy this week for an event at old club Cagliari, believed to also be sounding out potential bosses for next season.

The 59-year-old says he is giving it one more season at Leeds, before he decides to walk away - providing they do not reach the top flight.

He said: "Another very difficult season. I try another year to rise to the Premier, if I can not I give up. Fortunately in England there is one thing you can do: sell football teams."

Leeds prospective new owner Massimo Cellino (C) gestures in the stands during the matchLeeds owner Massimo Cellino (C) gestures in the stands during the match

The fact he is considering this as his final season in charge in part explains why he is taking so long about deliberating who will be head coach in 2016/17.

Steve Evans remains in post, but is in the dark over his future heading into next season with his contract set to expire at the end of June.

Leeds manager Steve EvansLeeds manager Steve Evans

Cellino indicated in the interview that he is not happy, whether at homes in Leeds or Miami - a factor perhaps impacting his decision to walk away if results do not come.

"I'm always alone. Some days it's fun, others less. No, no more sound and I also sold a large part of my collection of guitars."

Next season promises to be one of the toughest in the Championship for years due to increasing parachute payments to relegated teams like Aston Villa and Newcastle, who intend to spend big.

It is early days, but Cellino is not yet giving himself the chance of success due to the way the summer has gone so far.

Selling Leeds may not be as straightforward as Cellino makes out, with the club still not owning their new stadium and controversial former owners GFH Capital also still holding a minority stake. 

General view of a protest against Leeds owner Massimo Cellino before the matchGeneral view of a protest against Leeds owner Massimo Cellino before the match

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