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Marcus Antonsson admits he's still following Leeds, shares his thoughts on Cellino

Malmö FF's Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson  kicks the ball to score his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League group I football match Malmoe FF v RC Genk on November 29, 2018 in...

Leeds United sold Marcus Antonsson to Malmo over the summer.

Malmö FF's Swedish forward Marcus Antonsson  kicks the ball to score his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League group I football match Malmoe FF v RC Genk on November 29, 2018 in...

Malmo striker Marcus Antonsson has told Fotbollskanalen's Lundh podcast that he still follows Leeds United – and opened up on Massimo Cellino.

After hitting 25 goals in 46 games for Kalmar, Antonsson attracted major interest in the summer of 2016, and Leeds won the race for his signature.

Seen as great foil for Chris Wood, Antonsson arrived having banged in the goals in Sweden, but life in West Yorkshire was a little more difficult.

 

Antonsson scored three times in 21 games as Wood led the line for Leeds throughout the 2016-17 campaign, and the Swede then spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

Antonsson was sold back to Sweden last summer as Malmo – managed by ex-Leeds boss Uwe Rosler – swooped in to sign him.

Since returning to his homeland, Antonsson has been in blistering form, hitting 13 goals and five assists in just 27 games for the club.

Now, Antonsson has opened up on his time at Leeds, noting that ex-owner Cellino was a 'madman' but appreciated his belief in him, before suggesting that there is a lack of patience at the club or even in English football on the whole, adding that he felt pushed away.

Marcus Antonsson of Malmo celebrates after the UEFA Europa League Group I soccer match between Besiktas and Malmo at the Vodafone Park in Istanbul, Turkey on December 13, 2018.

Antonsson did though add that he still follows Leeds, and is really happy for ex-teammate and fellow Swede Pontus Jansson, who is playing a key role in Marcelo Bielsa's promotion-chasing side.

“Yeah. That's him,” said Antonsson. “But if he likes you, he really likes you. When he took me to the office he told me he believes in me. It was during the toughest period when I was not allowed to play at all, but he said I would continue to fight. But Wood scored goals and there I sat on the bench. He sold the club, and suddenly it was another owner and a new sporting director. There I immediately felt that he didn't want me. That's how it works. They have no patience, and if you do not deliver directly when a new coach or a new sports manager comes in, it may make you leave. They push you away.”

“Absolutely. I do. Above all, I am happy for Pontus that it is going well now,” he added when asked if he still follows the Whites.

Marcus Antonsson of Malmo FF celebrate his goal during the UEFA Europa League group I match between between Besiktas AS and Malmo FF at the Besiktas Park on December 13, 2018 in Istanbul,...

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