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Garry Monk speaks about Marco Silvestri

The Leeds United goalkeeper was sent home from their pre-season trip to Dublin.

Leeds' Marco Silvestri

Quoted by Inside Futbol, Leeds United boss Garry Monk has intimated that he will not rule out Marco Silvestri's return to the senior set-up after the goalkeeper was banished from the club's pre-season visit to the Republic of Ireland.

The 25-year-old was sent home from Dublin and has been training with the Whites' Under-21 side following his return.

Leeds United's Marco Silvestri looks dejected

Robert Green's arrival last week has plunged his future with Leeds into further doubt and it remains to be seen just what kind of role the Italian will be given this season.

It would seem like Silvestri - who has been United's number one stopper for the two years he's been at Elland Road - is heading toward the exit.

But although manager Monk says he would never write off a player in an apparent reference to whether Silvestri could stay at Leeds, the former Swansea City coach did reveal that the man himself knew the reasons behind his exile.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

“I had a chat [with him]," he said to LUTV, via Inside Futbol. “My job as a manager was to assess what we had and to assess the squad and make decisions.

“I spoke to Marco, he knows the reason behind what I am doing and he is fine. You never write off a player but there are certain things I want to rectify, and I need a squad that I want and I feel are competitive.

“Those are decisions you make as manager; sometimes you make tough decisions and you have to be very clear with that.”

Leeds play their first match under Monk tonight when they face Irish side Shelbourne in Dublin, before clashing with Shamrock Rovers on Saturday.

Robert Green

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