Leeds Uinted striker Mirco Antenucci has informed UKCalcio that he is open to the possibility of signing a new contract with the club. Speculation has been rife linking the Italian with a move back to his homeland for some time, but the man himself says staying at Elland Road is realistic.
It is believed that Antenucci and his family are ‘happy and settled’ in England so signing a new contract is something he would consider. A lot will perhaps depend on who will be the head coach of the club next season. If Steve Evans is in charge then he would love the player to stay, but of course, that is not guaranteed.
The 31-year-old has impressed during his time with the Yorkshire club ever since he signed from Ternana in August 2014. He scored ten goals in his first season with the club, and is only one behind that figure this season with more than enough games to go to surpass that.
In January, the player was heavily linked with moves away to a string of Italian Serie B clubs, but Evans long insisted that he did not want one of his key players to move on, especially considering the injury problems to Chris Wood at the time. Now Wood is back available, Antenucci faces more competition to retain his place in the team. Nevertheless, Antenucci says he has loved his time in England and doesn’t necessarily want it to end any time soon,
“It’s a choice that I would do without question and an experience that I would recommend to all my colleagues.
“I’m glad of this adventure and I do not exclude to stay here.
“I have the expiring contract, but I could renew with Leeds or evaluate any offers that I hope will come.”
Antenucci and Leeds are hoping to get back to winning ways and immediately bounce back after a heavy home defeat to Huddersfield Town before the international break. They travel to Rotherham United this weekend, managed by former boss Neil Warnock, where Antenucci will be hoping to notch up his tenth strike of the season.