Leeds are keen to keep striker Mirco Antenucci

By Alex Stevens

Mirco Antenucci has sent a heartfelt goodbye message to Leeds supporters after his final match for the club.

The 31-year-old striker took to Instagram on Saturday night to reveal he would not be at Elland Road next season.

He thanked the supporters who were “always great with me” and said Leeds had been “an incredible football and lifetime experience”.

Antenucci signed off his post on social media site Instagram by wishing the best of luck to supporters and “to my ex team-mates of Leeds”.

Antenucci is out of contract in the summer and is expected to return to his native Italy. He left Ternana to come to England two years ago.

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The Yorkshire Evening Post report that Serie A duo Palermo and Hellas Verona head the clubs interested in signing Antenucci, while Serie A club Parma – who were demoted to the fourth tier following bankrupty – are also keen on him.

The forward has scored 19 league goals in 75 appearances for Leeds and is their second leading scorer with nine strikes this season from 39 matches, just 21 of which he has started.

Once-powerful Parma are said to have already made their interest clear in Antenucci. They were forced to reform after bankruptcy a year ago but the club are back in Italy’s professional leagues after winning promotion to the country’s third division last month.

Antenucci is also reported to be on the radar of Palermo and Hellas Verona, the side who sit bottom of Serie A this season and who were heavily linked with Leeds’ Italian centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci in January.

The veteran striker played his final match for Leeds on Saturday, when he was a substitute in their 1-1 draw against Preston.

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