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101 days of Cellino at Leeds

It is 101 days since controversial Italian Massimo Cellino took over at Leeds United - and it certainly hasn't been dull!

He has sacked manager Brian McDermott, appointed a little-known replacement, lost a star player and captain..and started raiding the Italian transfer market to build a new team; and he's promised to get rid of the club's Thorp Arch training base, and buy back Elland Road.

He has been talking about all that - and more - in an exclusive TV interview for Calendar.

John Shires reports.


Cellino on McCormack: 'In his mind he was already gone'

Former Leeds United captain Ross McCormack had resolved to leave the club before the team left for a pre-season tour of Italy, according to Massimo Cellino.

The Italian reiterated that he was reluctant to sell the Scot, who was the Championship's top scorer last season.

He told ITV Calendar that the club did not need to sell and it hurt him to sell to a league rival, rather than a higher division club:

Cellino: I'm building a team to stay in Premier League for good

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says his transfer policy will ensure the clubs survival in the Premier League when they get promoted.

New manager Dave Hockaday has already signed several Italian players, goalkeeper Stuart Taylor but sold 29-goal captain Ross McCormack to Fulham for £10.75 million.

The former Cagliari owner says he wants to sign players who will grow with the club:


Leeds sign Italian keeper Silvestri

Leeds United have completed the signing of Italian goalkeeper Marco Silvestri for an undisclosed fee from Chievo, subject to international clearance.

The 23-year-old arrives at Elland Road having signed a four year deal with the club.

Silvestri, who is a former Italy Under-20 and Under-21, started his career at Modena in Serie B and in 2010 he made the step-up to Serie A with Cheivo.

While at the Serie A side the goalkeeper had loan spells at Reggiana, Padova and most recently at Cagliari this past season.

United head coach David Hockaday said: “Everybody in Italy believes that Marco is destined for very big things.

"We are delighted to welcome him to Leeds. “He has been training with us for a week now and he has impressed everybody. Not only with his quality on the park but with his general manner off it as well. “So are we delighted to welcome a very good person and footballer to Leeds United.”

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