Massimo Cellino: Leeds United owner talking about loan player from overseas

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Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is looking forward to the forthcoming season in the Championship and revealed his manager has raised the possibility of a loan player coming in from abroad.

The former Cagliari owner said he was looking to “find a problem” in the “working dynamic”.

Cellino recently named former captain Massimo Cellino as his new sporting director after the club sacked Paul Heckingbottom.

The former Lazio owner has only really enjoyed success as a football owner in Italy.

Leeds have only won the Championship title twice since 1992 – the last time when Kevin Blackwell took the club to a league and cup double under the stewardship of Cellino.

They lost the cup to Millwall in 2010, when Cellino’s first signing was then-Stanford graduate Andy O’Brien and current Leeds coach Thomas Christiansen was manager of the west London club.

Cellino, who is currently in prison in Italy for tax evasion on an Italian yacht, bought a 75% share of Leeds in 2012, as part of his efforts to grow his brand in the United Kingdom.

But he resigned as a director in June 2015 after 15 months and returned in November, shortly after Dick Knight was sacked by his fellow owner Andrea Radrizzani.

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Knight never had a problem having a successful season at Leeds, but Wolves owner Radrizzani has seemingly more hands-on involvement this season.

Leeds have lost their first two league games, including a 2-0 defeat at home to Rotherham on Saturday.

Appearing on BBC One’s Sportscene and Leicester City’s Premier League presentation, Cellino also described his hiring and firing of Heckingbottom – who won three League Cup ties in nine matches in charge – as “a bit irresponsible”.

He said: “I want to work but I have an ill health now and I can only work on holiday or on my holidays.

“We work in America in the spring and summer. The children go away for two weeks or something but then we return and we have the work there. I have the same situation as any normal person.

“The only problem here in England now is that everybody can have their own ideas. It’s not like in Italy.”

He explained what being a boss involved, saying: “When you’re the boss of a company you can say they cannot have a player that has played with us. You can stop everything.

“But here in England you have the regulation that people can do anything when the manager is in charge of the team.”

Cellino also revealed that Leeds assistant David Healy “has asked to sign a loan player from abroad” – something that has already been attempted by former boss Steve Evans, who signed Gregoire Defrel from German side Hanover on a loan deal with a view to a permanent deal.

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