Earlier today it was reported that Giuseppe Bellusci’s future would no longer be at Leeds United, and that while the player was allowed to train with the first team, he would not participate in any friendlies while he and the club looked for destination where he could continue his footballing career.
No Bellusci tonight. Been given time to sort out a move away from Leeds. Will continue to train with the club in the meantime. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 12, 2017
As we’d said before, this really is for the best. Giuseppe Bellusci had burned too many bridges with the club and the fans to ever make it work, and if it wasn’t for Empoli’s untimely and unexpected relegation that move would have been made permanent at the end of last season.
Have to say, people at Leeds are stressing that Bellusci hasn't been a problem since he came back. It's just obvious that he needs to go.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 12, 2017
After being linked to a number of moves to different Serie A teams, Bellusci was unable to find a new deal in Italy and headed back for training earlier this month. And while he played somewhat poorly in the first friendly against Harrogate Town, he was on the receiving end of some abuse from a small group of very vocal fans against Guiseley. While the fans were understandably upset by the presence of the wantaway player, it still was a tad inappropriate given the amount of abuse that Bellusci received at a friendly against a non-League club.
Now it looks like Bellusci’s return-to-Leeds nightmare might be over after all. Italian website Pianeta Empoli is reporting that Greek Super League club PAOK are interested in a transfer for the controversial defender, and Sport Witness also is reporting that a number of Greek media outlets are also reporting that PAOK are interested in a move for Bellusci.
While it’s impossible to determine how serious these links really are, since plenty of rumors from abroad about Bellusci’s future destination have been popping up for a few weeks now, but it’s still a sign that both the player and the club are working on an exit for an unpopular player who really doesn’t want to be at Leeds. Better for everyone if this deal goes through.