Sheffield Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri says he did not feel Leeds United was the right club for him.
Sheffield Wednesday attacker Fernando Forestieri has told The Sun that a summer move to Leeds United did not feel right.
Forestieri was made available by Watford late in the transfer window and the two Yorkshire clubs battled it out for his signature.
Sensing a losing battle perhaps, Leeds issued a statement via their official website in August announcing they had pulled out of the running for the forward, with owner Massimo Cellino stating Forestieri did not have the right mentality to play for Leeds.
The Mirror had earlier claimed Forestieri was on the brink of a Leeds move, so the player received a fair share of flak on social media.
Forestieri explained in The Sun’s Goals edition on Saturday December 12: “The supporters at Leeds were not very pleased I chose Sheffield and they called me lots of bad names.
“I was sad about that and sorry for upsetting them but I did not feel good to go to Leeds. I did not feel confident in this club.”
He went onto express his happiness at Sheffield Wednesday, where he has played his part in their strong start to the season.
The Owls drew 2-2 away with Cardiff City at the weekend, with Forestieri scoring to bring them back into the game at 2-0 down.
He has now scored six goals in 14 appearances, a figure which would have made him Leeds’ second highest goalscorer.
Sheffield Wednesday sit in eighth place, just outside the play-offs, while Leeds currently are in 18th position.