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leeds united sign frederik sorensen; cellino hired “a baby”

leeds united sign frederik sorensen; cellino hired “a baby”


Massimo Cellino says Leeds United have filled the Lees gap at the back by completing the signing of defender Frederik Sorensen from Juventus.

In Cellino’s words, Frederik Soresen to Leeds is complete and he’s been training at Thorp Arch today. #lufc

— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 6, 2014

Soresen signing on loan from Juventus for a fee of around £500,000. Leeds have the option to buy him for around £3.5m next summer. #lufc

— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 6, 2014

Opinions from Juve fans suggest the 22 year old Dane has almost been a Tom Lees di Italia since making his debut in Serie A in 2010, with early promise not yet to blossom into full potential during loan spells at Bologna.

Most are unhappy to see him leave before he fully develops. “Last season when he faced us with Bologna, a club that eventually got relegated, he made Juve’s attack completely impotent,” one fan said. “This is a horrible deal from Juve’s POV.”

After yesterday’s lengthy interview in The Telegraph, another Massimo Cellino profile arrived today courtesy of the Daily Mail. It makes rough reading for Dave Hockaday: “Don’t forget where he came from; league five,” says Cellino. “Talking with managers of Premier League clubs, Championship clubs, is a new thing. He’s like a baby, who is in a toy shop.” Discussing the sale of Ross McCormack, Cellino adds: “David Hockaday, the first day he heard McCormack wanted to go he said, ‘I don’t want him in pre- season, sell him’. I told Hockaday, ‘Did I ask your f—— advice? No. So shut the f— up’.”

Hockaday has given BBC Leeds a different impression of his role in player recruitment:

Hockaday: "A guy came to Italy, joined us, and after a day the President said ‘good player’. I went: ‘not having him’, and he was gone.

— West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSDaily) August 6, 2014

While the latest transfer rumour is a link to Liverpool midfielder Conor Coady for a fee of around £400k.