By Harry Sykes
Marco Silvestri has insisted he will be at Leeds United next season – and fans have taken to Twitter to mostly express their hope he will be given more opportunities to play.
The goalkeeper has not started a single league match this season after losing his No1 status to last summer signing Rob Green.
But Silvestri, 26, has confirmed in two separate messages to supporters of the club in the last 48 hours that he has no plans to quit Elland Road despite his demotion.
The Italian took to his personal Twitter account on Friday to share the message of “see you soon Leeds”, and then added a follow-up post on Saturday that he is heading for his summer vacation and would then “see you after the break”.
SEE YOU SOON LEEDS ???? pic.twitter.com/bPUGG7fv22
— Marco Silvestri (@MarcoSilver1991) May 12, 2017
See you soon because we leave for summertime✈️????☀️☀️ See you after the break. ????
— Marco Silvestri (@MarcoSilver1991) May 13, 2017
It appears that the 26-year-old, a former Italy Under-21 international, is determined to stick around even though his only six matches for Leeds this season came in the cups.
Leeds fans mostly praised the fortitude of Silvestri and his willingness to fight for his place although one claimed he was “deluded” for believing he could play a significant role next season.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@MarcoSilver1991 Have a good holiday mate come back fit and well and have a good pre season mot
— Alann Gibson (@alanngibsonlufc) May 14, 2017
@MarcoSilver1991 Hope you get another chance to play at Leeds..With Ayling Bartley Jansson Beradie in front of you..MOT. Marco.
— borisirishwhite (@leinsterwhite) May 13, 2017
— Jordon Kellett (@Jordon_Kellett) May 13, 2017
— tlh (@HicksTraci) May 13, 2017
— Harry Daphne (@harry_daphne) May 14, 2017
— MaiFidarsiDiCellino (@ingham37) May 14, 2017
@MarcoSilver1991 Good to hear marco ????
— Tony Fitzgerald (@TonyBeamerboy) May 13, 2017
Silvestri will need to overcome the considerable obstacle of ex-England international Green, who played the entirety of Leeds’ 46-match Championship campaign and was arguably the team’s outstanding player in the final months of the campaign.
The veteran, 38, was also recently rewarded with a new contract that will keep him at Elland Road until the end of next season.
Furthermore, there has been speculation that Leeds are trying to sign boyhood fan David Stockdale, who is out of contract at Brighton at the end of next month.
Silvestri joined Leeds from Chievo in the summer of 2014 and has a year remaining on his four-year contract.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it has sensationally emerged that Andrea Radrizzani’s takeover of the club is under major threat in what is a shattering blow.