Leeds are keen to keep striker Mirco Antenucci

By Amir Mir

Former Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci has returned to Italy and signed for Serie B side Spal.

It was announced on Spal’s official website that Antenucci put pen to paper with the Italian club after his contract with Leeds expired at the end of June. He leaves the Elland Road club having scored 19 goals in two seasons.

It was reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post that the 31-year-old was attracting interest from Championship side Reading.

But the Italian striker opted for a move back to his homeland and a stint with the Serie B side.

Spal who were promoted to the second tier of Italian football in the recently concluded season, were delighted to announce the signing of the experienced striker.

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“It’s a sensational signing for the club,” a statement said on the Spal website. “After his English experience, Mirco really wanted to sign for Spal, really embracing the new sporting project.”

Antenucci joined the Yorkshire based club in 2014 from Italian side Ternana on a two-year deal and was one of the first few signings of owner Massimo Cellino’s takeover.

The forward who began his professional career in 2002 will be hoping to use all of his experience to help the newly promoted side in the forthcoming season.

Spal have not played in Italy’s second tier since the early 1990s, so the capture of the experienced striker will be beneficial to them going forward.

He leave leaves Elland Road having made 75 appearances and scoring 19 goals for the Yorkshire-based club.

In other Leeds news, Monk clinches breakthrough deal for Italian based midfielder.