Leeds United striker Chris Wood praises controversial owner Massimo Cellino

Leeds United's Chris Wood

The New Zealand international has spoken out in support of the Italian.

Leeds United's Chris WoodLeeds United's Chris Wood

In the spring Leeds United spelled out their aspirations for the 2016-17 season clear for their fans to see. The club announced that all season ticket holders would be offered a 50% refund on their tickets should the Yorkshire club fail to finish in the top six this term.

It is a brave and bold gesture from owner Massimo Cellino, who certainly has a sketchy relationship with the Leeds faithful.

Leeds United Chairman Massimo CellinoLeeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

But Leeds striker Chris Wood has been speaking positively about the impact the Italian has had at Elland Road – in particular with this gesture.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds he stated:

“I don’t think it adds any pressure. I think it is a great incentive by the owner. It takes big credit for him to come out and do that.

Leeds' Chris Wood looks dejected at the end of the matchLeeds' Chris Wood looks dejected at the end of the match

“He’s taken a lot of stick over his time (at Leeds) but he’s put his finance on the line. He could have kept hold of his money but he’s backing this team like he has done the last couple of seasons.

“He’s put money into the club and turned it around in certain ways. It’s looking up, we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

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

Cellino has been a divisive figure at Leeds since he took over the club and many fans have been hoping for a takeover of the club for some time now.

But Wood is certainly right to point out the fact that Leeds could be in a worse off position had Cellino not taken over and that he has put plenty of his money into the club - even though he is rightly criticised for some of his decisions in Yorkshire.

Leeds fans will just be hoping that Cellino spends less time in the headlines this season, and that they will be paying full-price for their season tickets.

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