Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri is on his way back to his native Italy, heading to Verona for an undisclosed fee.

He left the club’s training camp in Austria once a bid was made and he has signed a four-year deal with the newly promoted Serie A side.

Silvestri had dropped down the Leeds pecking order behind Rob Green and the new arrival of Felix Weidwald, who signed from Werder Bremen this summer, meant that he was unlikely to receive any first-team football at Elland Road.

Youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s loan move to Oldham appears to have fallen through, leaving manager Thomas Christiansen with three goalkeepers on his books, despite Silvestri’s departure.

Signed in 2014 from Chievo, he held on to a first-team place until he was displaced by Green – whose own future at Leeds remains uncertain following Wiedwald’s signature.

Last season Silvestri played just six cup matches and did not make a single Championship appearance for the Yorkshire outfit.

Although he played in Leeds’ friendly defeat to Bursaspor earlier this week, the Italian has obviously decided the time is right to move on.

In all, he made 98 appearances for the Whites – and his departure has got fans of the Elland Road club talking on Twitter.

Some are pleased to see him go, others have leapt to his defence, and others have poked fun at his expense.

He is the second Italian to leave in a couple of days as he follows Giuseppe Bellusci out of the door and these fans are delighted to see the back of him.


Whereas others have wished him good luck and are supportive.


Meanwhile, some just wanted to poke some fun at his, and Leeds’, expense.


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