By Harry Sykes
Serie B club Brescia have announced they are not in talks to sell the club to Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.
The Italian second-tier outfit have released a statement on their official website in response to rumours in recent months that Cellino could take control.
Brescia insisted there has been no contact with the controversial joint Leeds owner about him investing in the club in his native Italy.
The statement read that the 16th placed side in Serie B are “not in negotiations, and, in particular, there is no contact, direct or indirect, with Dr Massimo Cellino”.
This comes after reports that the 60-year-old businessman wanted to take control over an Italian club for a second time following his lengthy spell at Cagliari.
Italian site Calcio Mercato claimed in November that Cellino wants to return to his native Italy and become a shareholder in the Serie B club.
But the senior figures at the struggling Italian outfit have taken the unusual step of publicly denying that any talks have taken place.
Former Cagliari owner Cellino bought Leeds in January 2014, and has sacked six managers during his controversial two and a half year tenure.
Italian sports media mogul Andrea Radrizzani bought a 50 per cent stake in the Yorkshire giants in late December to join Cellino at the helm.
The erratic Elland Road owner was slapped with an 18-month FA ban in December from all football activities was also fined with £250,000.
The punishment, which was for breaching the FA’s football agent rules over the sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham in 2014, was reduced to a 12-month ban on appeal.