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Mirco Antenucci always 'wanted to try' Leeds United

The Italian forward admitted that he has always been keen on playing in England.

The summer signing from Ternana netted his fifth goal of the Championship season last week, rounding off Leeds’ victory over Blackpool with the third goal at Elland Road.

The 30-year-old has featured in every game for the Whites since his arrival in England, making his debut in the 4-1 loss at Watford under Dave Hockaday, and remaining first-choice striker under Darko Milanic and now Neil Redfearn. Despite a slow start in front of goal - with his first strike coming in his fourth game for the club - the former Italian semi-professional international has started to find some consistency, netting three goals in his last six games.

He will be looking to continue leading the Whites goalscoring charts when the Championship returns next week, and he appears excited for the test that English football provides. Having spent his entire career in Italy - usually at lower league level - the 30-year-old is a late arrival to the Championship , but Antenucci told the official Leeds website that he always wanted to enjoy a spell in English football - and that he is ‘very happy’ with his choice in moving to Yorkshire.

He said: “I’m enjoying it in Leeds. My stay has gone very well so far - both in the city and with the team.

“It was an experience that I wanted to try in my life – the change in country and football. I’m very happy with my choice.”

Antenucci has been one of the most successful signings of the Massimo Cellino era, leading the clubs scoring charts despite having little time to adapt to the Championship. Having been thrown into competitive action days after arriving at the club, he appears to have settled well, and he looks to have the perfect attitude wanted at Elland Road - with players wanting to turn out in the famous white stip.

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