According to reliable Leeds United journalist Adam Pope, controversial defender Giuseppe Bellusci will not be returning to Elland Road; despite the 27 year old having a year left on his current deal at the club.
Bellusci arrived in 2014 from Italian top flight side Catania for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.6 million, and has since made 57 league appearances for the Whites.
Following the arrival of head coach Garry Monk at the beginning of last season, Giuseppe was seen as surplus to requirements and returned to his homeland on a season long loan deal with Serie A side Empoli; a deal which included a clause to see the move made permanent if Empoli wished to do so. However, the Azzuriries were relegated from the top flight which cast doubt into the deal, with Empoli not able to financially make the move possible.
Despite this Bellusci has been linked with a number of Italian Serie A sides, with Bologna seemingly leading the race for the former Italian under 21 international.
Giuseppe has one year left on his current Leeds contract, after signing a four-year-deal upon his arrival at Elland Road, however Adam Pope claims that a source close to Bellusci believes that the player has no desire to return. The source stated that, ‘He will not be coming back to the UK and we hope to sort out a deal that is best for both parties’. Whether this is indicating that Guiseppe will have his contract terminated, as previously rumored, or be sold on is yet to be seen.
Many Leeds fans will see this as good news, as Bellusci proved to be a controversial figure with the Elland Road faithful; even more so after seemingly acting as a ringleader for the Italian players, especially during the ‘sicknote six’ incident away to Charlton in April 2015. Despite this, with the departure of the feisty Italian centre back inevitable, Leeds will be short of defensive options for the upcoming season- making it the main area to improve in the upcoming transfer window.