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kenny leaves leeds, and adryan reported as “arriving”

kenny leaves leeds, and adryan reported as “arriving”


The announcement of Paddy Kenny’s departure from Leeds United offered slim pickings for those who like to feed on gossip: just two lines.

“The club can confirm that Paddy Kenny has left the club by mutual consent,” the statement reads. “The keeper who has made over 70 appearances for United and is now free to sign for another club.”

If anyone has anything further to say about the parting of the ways, whether about Kenny’s weight or Cellino’s superstitions, they’re keeping it to themselves for now; Dave Hockaday has filled in some of the gaps at his press conference today, though:

“By the time I got here (in June), the decision had been made. Paddy has been very professional about it, to be fair to him. He wasn’t taken away to Italy, although he had been ill a couple of days previously. But he has conducted himself really, really well.”

What is clear is that with relative youngster Marco Silvestri showing promise in his first few games, Stuart Taylor taking over the job of experienced reserve and Alex Cairns as youthful back up, there wasn’t much prospect of Kenny earning his keep this season. Even goalkeeping coach Neil Sullivan would probably have been ahead of him in the pecking order.

Dave Hockaday held his pre-Brighton press conference today, warm from the post-Middlesbrough glow and happy to share the good news with Leeds fans. His eyes lit up, according to Adam Pope:

#lufc DH’s eyes lit up at the prospect of new signings but won’t confirm names. He is looking at several areas including defensible midfield

— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 18, 2014

Leeds are just waiting for the Italian FA to finalise Giuseppe Bellusci’s international clearance, while Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli is making the bold claim this afternoon that:

After the long silence I’ve finally found confirmations: Adryan is arriving to Leeds. #lufc

— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 18, 2014

Adryan is the 20 year old Brazilian playmaker that Cellino took on loan from Flamengo to Cagliari, and now he’s going to find some way, some how to move him on to Leeds United; talk about the move has grown over the weekend, with Phil Hay of the YEP consistently reporting that United are interested but the deal will be “difficult.” Getting him here would overcome a big hurdle in negotiations, though.

The rest of the talk was about keeping players: Mathieu Smith has signed a new contract, Hockaday expects Sam Byram to stay for this season at least, and Steve Morison is “totally committed to the cause” and to overcoming his calf problem.

Also injured is Alex Mowatt, but he should be returning to training soon, while the injury problem that ended Souleymane Doukara’s game on Saturday will be assessed this afternoon.