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Cellino would love to sign more British players for the right price

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

The Leeds United owner has been talking about his transfer plans.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has been speaking to buzz.ie about his desire to give more British players a chance at Elland Road in the years ahead.

The Italian is a controversial figure at the club but he has delivered on his promise to support recently appointed manager Garry Monk by sanctioning six summer transfers to date.

Leeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

It is not all good news for Whites fans of course, with Lewis Cook moving to Bournemouth. However there was little Leeds could do given his contract situation and the money on offer.

Cellino has suggested that if he had his way, he would bring more players from the United Kingdom to the club, despite previously having a reputation for shopping in his homeland.

“I would love to have more British players,” the Leeds owner told buzz.ie. “Sometimes I cannot afford them.

“But what I am doing is giving a chance to young British players to come to our academy and play for Leeds.”

Swansea manager Garry Monk

The Championship side have an impressive youth system with some very promising teenagers knocking on the door for a first-team chance and that only looks set to continue.

It remains to be seen what the rest of the transfer window holds for Leeds but in Kemar Roofe, Rob Green, Matt Grimes and Kyle Bartley, Cellino has signed four more British players for Monk to call on in the months ahead.

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