Leeds are keen to keep striker Mirco Antenucci

By Alex Stevens

Thirteen players will leave Leeds this summer as part of a mass summer exodus, the club announced on Friday.

Eight out-of-contract players are to exit Elland Road when their deals expire next month, two scholars have been released and three on-loan first teamers have returned to their parent clubs.

First team squad members Mirco Antenucci and Scott Wootton will leave following the expiry of their contracts and youngsters Eric Grimes, Lewis Walters, Ross Killock, Jake Skelton, Robbie McDaid and Tom Lyman will all departing this summer. Scholars Tyla Bell and Jack Turnbull have also been released.

In addition, Tom Adeyemi, Liam Bridcutt and Mustapha Carayol have returned to Sunderland and  following loan spells at Elland Road.

Leeds have also announced on their official website that extended stays have been offered to Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Frank Mulhern, Eoghan Stokes, Tyler Denton and Alex Purver.

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The five young players are included on the club’s summer retained list submitted to the Football League.

First professional contracts have been offered to second-year scholars Jack Vann, Tom Pearce and Michael Taylor, with Ronaldo Vieira having recently agreed professional terms.

A statement on the Leeds website said: “The club would like to thank all of the players moving on for their contributions during their time at Leeds United and wishes them the very best of luck for the future.”

In other Leeds news, Peter Lorimer has explained why controversial owner Massimo Cellino might not be as bad as many supporters think.