Leeds United “gave me so much”, says Massimo Cellino, according to Marco Silvestri, “the best in Europe”


The former Leeds United goalkeeper discussed his time at Elland Road in an Italian media interview.

Leeds picked up the Italian from Chievo in July 2014, paying a reported (Yorkshire Post) £ 400,000 to bring him to West Yorkshire.

Despite some memorable stops, Silvestri struggled to find consistency in Leeds and was replaced by Rob Green before leaving the club and returning to Verona with Hellas Verona.

The 29-year-old has since found good form with the Gialloblu and has spoken with SOSFanta this week about his stay in Leeds.

“It was a new experience, which brought me so much.

“It was very formative, I played a lot. Only in the first two years, 92 games. “

Silvestri was one of the new recruits for Italian football, owned by controversial former president Massimo Cellino.

While most of these arrivals were failures (Edgar Cani anyone?), Silvestri was, by comparison, a success.

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Along with Gaetano Berardi and Mirco Antenucci, Silvestri was one of the few Italian recruits who managed to produce decent form during his stay in Leeds.

Indeed, Cellino was a big fan. The Italian fool said Official Leeds website that Silvestri was “one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe”.

“He is a very talented young goalkeeper who could play in Serie A in Italy, but chose to join us in Leeds.

“For his age, Marco is one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe. “

Unfortunately, his weakness against the centers and his lack of physical presence saw him lose his place in Leeds. But that clearly put him in the right place. Silvestri helped Hellas win promotion to Serie A last season and remained number one in the club’s surprise challenge for European football in Serie A this season.

Leeds United fans will certainly not regret the cork of any future success.


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