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6th Jun, 2017 | 2:47pm

Leeds reach emphatic verdict on future of 27-year-old - reliable journalist

By Derek Smithson

Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci will not return to Elland Road next season, according to a reliable journalist.

BBC correspondent Adam Pope has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the 27-year-old will not be back at the Whites to complete the final year of his contract.

“He will not be coming back to the UK & we hope to sort out a deal that is best for both parties,” sources close to Bellusci told Pope.

The centre-back was loaned out Italian club Empoli last season and it appears he no longer has a future in England with Leeds.

Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web have reported that Serie A club Bologna are eyeing a move for the defender after his spell in Italy.

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Bellusci has made 61 appearances for Leeds since his arrival in 2014 and is renowned for his rashness.

The defender picked up a staggering 26 yellow cards in that time and his aggressiveness can overstep the line at times.

He was loaned out last season to get regular football at Empoli, making 33 senior appearances, and it appears he has played his last game for the Championship club.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds have made an emphatic verdict on the future of Bellusci, but it’s definitely the right one. The centre-back has proven that he is error-prone in English football and doesn’t have the stability needed in a promotion chase. Owner Andrea Radrizzani is yet to appoint a new manager for next season, but whoever they are will be tasked with trying to achieve promotion to the Premier League. Bellusci will benefit from a permanent move back to Italy where he managed to perform in Serie A last season. However, he doesn’t have the skill set to be a regular starter for Leeds next year and will be remembered by fans for his fiery character.

In other Leeds transfer news, they are in pole position to sign an African forward.

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