Much of what Giuseppe Bellusci did whilst a Leeds United player didn’t exactly cover him in glory and endear him to Whites fans. That may well have changed this afternoon.
After refusing to play in the infamous ‘Sicknote Six’ episode against Charlton, a game where six Italian players were ‘injured’, Bellusci compounded this by walking off the training pitch when told by Steve Evans that he was to be played as a substitute.
It was actions such as this, as well as his less than harmonious social media interactions with fans that led to him being largely ostracised from the club. Definitely not fitting in to former head coach Garry Monk’s plans, Bellusci saw the third year of his increasingly fractious four-year Leeds United contract on loan for Empoli in Serie A.
With Empoli’s relegation to Serie B, there was a lost chance for Bellusci to stay in Italy. Instead he returned to Leeds United, playing 45 minutes of a friendly against Guiseley. Harangued by fans at the game, Bellusci took to Twitter in the second-half – the fallout from this sealing his Leeds United future.
Not wanted by the club, told that his future lay elsewhere, Giuseppe Bellusci may have done one of the most honourable things that he could have strived to do.
I gather it won’t cost Leeds a significant amount. Bellusci has agreed to go cheaply to allow him to find another club.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 17, 2017
Hay’s comment, in reply to a statement and RT of one of his previous tweets, shows that the troubled defender has effectively foregone the massive pay-off that his contract entitled him to. The former Catania man has agreed to a cut-price deal to walk away from the last year of his contract, this being done to facilitate a move elsewhere.
As mentioned earlier in the Italian media, Bellusci is anything but short of suitors for his services. Website calciomercato.it say that: “the defender is close to terminating [his]contract with Leeds and continuing [a]contract with Paok Thessaloniki,” going on to say that there had been a “positive meeting last week.” They also mention that Italian sides Bologna, Cagliari and Benevento are interested in acquiring Giuseppe Bellusci’s signature.
Another Italian website, Gianluca Di Marzio, agree that PAOK are favourites to capture Bellusci, but adds a further two Italian sides to the mix in Cremonese and Novara. However, they add that: “soon [will]arrive the official termination between the defender and the English club [Leeds United],” meaning that the acrimonious relationship between Giuseppe Bellusci and Leeds United fans will finally be at an end.