By Alex Stevens
Marco Silvestri has been ordered to train with the Leeds kids after being demoted by Garry Monk, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the 26-year-old goalkeeper’s Elland Road career is virtually over following the signing of Rob Green on Wednesday night.
It is said that Monk has paved the way for Silvestri’s exit by sending him over to train with the club’s Under-21 squad on Friday.
This comes after he left the club’s pre-season training camp in Ireland on Thursday following what appears to have been a fall-out with manager Monk and the coaching staff.
Silvestri has been Leeds’ first choice keeper for the past two seasons but is surplus to requirements after Monk signed England international and former West Ham keeper Green on a free transfer.
Monk wanted to replace Silvestri with a player with more experience of the English leagues and Silvestri’s return from Ireland is a clear indication that Green will start the season as number one with Ross Turnbull as his deputy.
Leeds signed Silvestri from Chievo on a four-year deal in 2014, one of the earliest transfers completed by owner Massimo Cellino, and he is eight appearances short of the 100 mark at Elland Road.
However, he has not always convinced in goal at Elland Road and a new keeper was one of Monk’s priorities when he arrived at the start of last month.