Leeds United may’ve signed Virgil van Dijk however controversial former proprietor Massimo Cellino turned down the possibility in favour of one other deal.
That’s in accordance with Graham Bean, who labored as an advisor to the Italian supremo throughout his tenure at Elland Street, as he revealed that ex-manager David Hockaday recommended the Dutch colossus while he was at Celtic.
“I obtained on effectively with Dave and he was a very nice bloke, as was his assistant Junior Lewis,” he advised the Day by day Mail. “However the actuality was they have been each out of their depth at Leeds.
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“Dave did, nonetheless, determine two excellent gamers that might have remodeled the membership. One was a sure van Dijk, then at Celtic.”
Cellino went on to signal an unknown centre-back from the Serie A in Giuseppe Bellusci, who price round £1.6m. “Sadly Cellino ignored him and signed Giuseppe Bellusci on mortgage from Italian facet Catania,” he added.
“Bellusci thrived on an undeserved hard-man status. He made his debut in a 4-1 defeat to Watford and issues didn’t enhance a lot from there – he wasn’t favored by a lot of his teammates or the membership workers.”
The 33-year-old went on to make 61 appearances for the Yorkshire giants, scoring simply twice, earlier than leaving for Serie A outfit Empoli on mortgage simply two years later after which left the membership completely to Palermo on a free switch.
In the meantime, in that point, Van Dijk swapped Celtic Park for Southampton earlier than sealing a then world-record £75m transfer to Liverpool in January 2018, the place he has since received the Premier League and Champions League.
It’s extensively thought that the Netherlands worldwide, who has been lauded as a “monster” by Sky Sports activities pundit Gary Neville, is among the many finest defenders in world soccer, so had Cellino listened to the recommendation of his supervisor, Hockaday, then Van Dijk could effectively have been an absolute colossus for Leeds, moderately than Southampton.
What a catastrophic blunder that has turned out to be, although it’s not the one or worst that the risky Cellino made throughout his time at Elland Street.
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