By Will Butcher
Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellsuci has revealed he quit the club this summer because the goalposts had moved at Elland Road.
The centre-back has made a sound impression at Serie A outfit Empoli during his six top-flight appearances, after returning to his home country on a season-long loan deal.
Bellusci claimed that his position at Leeds was not the same as that of the “first year” in 2015-15 as well as revealing that the “birth of his little girl” played a major past in his return to Italy.
Bellusci, whose Leeds contract runs until 2018, appeared to suggest that he will not be at Elland Road next season.
“When my agent proposed the hypothesis of Empoli I did not think twice,” Bellusci told Goal Italy. “It is because the situation in Leeds was no longer that of the first year.
“I had gone to Leeds with high expectations and dreams, but then the promises were unfulfilled and there were no conditions to stay. In addition, the birth of my little girl finally convinced me to return.”
After joining the Yorkshire giants in 2014 as one of incoming owner Massimo Cellino’s 15 new signings, Bellusci was fast tracked into the Leeds first team.
Known for his passionate displays and impressive ball control, Bellusci shone in glimpses during his 61 league and cup appearances for the likes of Steve Evans, Uwe Rosler and Neil Redfearn.
However, Bellusci was caught up in a series of controversies at Elland Road.
He was caught up in a racism row with Norwich’s Cameron Jerome, was one of the six players to claim they were ‘injured’ a day before a league match against Charlton and picked up 26 yellow cards and two red cards during his Elland Road stay.
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