By Derek Smithson
Marco Silvestri has completed a move away from Leeds to join Italian outfit Hellas Verona, it was announced on Wednesday.
The Whites confirmed on their official website that the 26-year-old has joined the Series A side for an undisclosed fee.
The goalkeeper has ended his three-year stay at Elland Road and leaves the Yorkshire giants after making 98 appearanes for them across all competitions.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 19, 2017
Thomas Christiansen has decided to allow the Italian shot stopper to leave Leeds and he has returned to his homeland.
He found himself as the second-choice goalkeeper last season under Garry Monk and managed just six games across all competitions.
Leeds are now left with the trio of Felix Wiedwald, Rob Green and emerging youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
However, talkSPORT correspondent Ian Abrahams has reported that the Whites are prepared to offload Green too this summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Silvestri was always unlikely to play a part in Leeds’ upcoming season and selling on the Italian is the right decision. The 26-year-old would have found himself far down the pecking order and can now look forward to a new adventure in Italy. He showed his qualities during his 98 appearances for the club, but is just missing that extra quality to play in a promotion-winning side. However, Christiansen should not consider letting Green leave, especially after selling on Silvestri. Leeds’ strong defensive record last season played a major role in their success and Green was a key factor in that. He should be kept at Elland Road and allowed to fight for a starting position alongside summer signing Wiedwald.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club’s mainstay is facing the axe in the summer.