Agent gushes over Leeds summer signings, 'sure' of Premier League promotion

Agent Silvio Pagliari has expressed satisfaction at how Mirco Antenucci and Giuseppe Bellusci are getting on, and says that Massimo Cellino will take Leeds United back to the Premier League in time.

Leeds United were rocked by the news that new owner Massimo Cellino was disqualified by the Football League on Monday, banning him from holding office at the club until March.

The Italian’s project only started earlier this year and has been replete with dramatic moments as a massive overhaul has been undertaken at Elland Road.

Revamping the squad was a significant part of Cellino’s revolution in Yorkshire as he brought in right-hand-man Nicola Salerno to facilitate transfers for the club.

The 58-year-old dipped heavily into his native Italian market and came up with several players who have become key figures in a tumultuous season for Leeds.

And while Cellino deals with legal matters concerning his ban by the Football League, the show must go on down on the pitch for the summer arrivals from the peninsula.

Two such men are Mirco Antenucci and Giuseppe Bellusci, who have stood at the heart of the Leeds attack and defence respectively.

Both are represented by Silvio Pagliari, the agent sitting in the stands at Elland Road as Antenucci struck a brace to down Derby County on Saturday with Bellusci starting at centre-back.

Pagliari has expressed satisfaction at how two his clients have fared in the Championship, having left their native Italy at differing points in their careers.

He told “[Antenucci’s brace] certainly made me very happy. He’s thrilled for the two goals and how things are going.

“Mirco became a fan favourite at Leeds immediately. He’s having a great season and I’m also happy with the decision to transfer to England.

“For Giuseppe it’s a different situation. He’s a young player and he made an important choice. It’s never easy to change leagues, but he had an excellent impact on English football.

“We are also happy about his decision and how things are going – he’s playing very well.”

Antenucci is currently top scorer for Leeds in the Championship with seven goals, while Bellusci has made 14 starts in defence and chipped in two goals.

It’s unknown how Cellino’s situation will be resolved just yet, though having bedded in quickly, the status of the owner is unlikely to affect the Italian duo.

Pagliari went on to say that he has no doubt Cellino will in time take Leeds back to the promised land of the Premier League after witnessing the win over Derby.

“I can only say one thing – I saw Leeds defeat the team at the top of the standings. They play well, they are healthy.

“I’m not sure if they will get promoted this season, but if they don’t I’m sure Massimo Cellino will bring them to the Premier League in a few years.”

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