Leeds United have confirmed that defender Giuseppe Bellusci has had his contract terminated by mutual consent.
The controversial Italian joined the club in 2014 for a rumored £1.6million from then Serie A side Catania, and made his United debut two weeks later away to Watford in the Championship. It was a day to forget for both Bellusci and the club as United got embarrassed 4-1, with Bellusci giving away a second half penalty and subsequently being sent off. Leeds finished the game with 9 men after Sam Byram was also dismissed late on, in what happened to be David Hockaday’s final game in charge of the Whites.
The 27 year old managed to make 57 Leeds appearances during his three year stay, finding the net on two occasions- with both extremely well taken goals. His first came away to Bournemouth on a Tuesday night, pinging in a 35 yard free kick into the top corner to help Leeds beat the then league leaders 3-1, and his second a calm and composed volley at Elland Road against Sheffield Wednesday- with calm and composed very rarely used to describe Bellusci.
His erratic decision making as well as his off field antics didn’t go down well with the Leeds fans, and when he seemingly lead a revoke with five other Italians against Head Coach Neil Redfern by refusing to travel to Charlton Athletic because of ‘injuries’ the day before the game, the Elland Road faithful turned against him.
Despite being loaned back to his homeland with Italian top flight side Empoli last campaign and making 33 appearances, it was clear that Bellusci was not going to appear in a Leeds shirt again. Although Thomas Christiansen featured him in a couple of pre season friendlies in the past month, the new head coach stated that Bellusci was not in his plans and was soon to be on the way out.
Bellusci now seems set to join Greek side PAOK on a free transfer after finally ending his stay in West Yorkshire.