By Joe Ellis

24th Dec, 2022 | 8:40pm

Fabiano Parisi speaks out amid transfer speculation to give Leeds United key hint

Leeds United may have to wait a few months longer than they would like to sign Fabiano Parisi after what the defender said to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

The Whites were thought to have agreed on personal terms with the 22-year-old’s agent, as he told Tutto Mercato Web, but talks have since gone quiet and now it seems he won’t be going anywhere.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper giants, Parisi revealed that he had no plans on leaving Empoli in January and would instead revisit the chance to move in the summer.

“In the future, is it better to have a big Italian or Premier League player? It makes no difference,” he said. “The only important thing will be that the team I go to really believes in me. Because I’m interested in playing.

“I’m pleased by the interest of many teams, of course, but I’m focused on Empoli and salvation. Every day I work hard and try to get better. Let’s talk about it again in June, after saving Empoli, to whom I am very grateful.”

The Empoli left-back has been high on Victor Orta’s agenda recently as he looks to put together deals for the January window but this latest news may well put a stop to his plans.

Leeds United have been without a proper first-choice left-back for most of the season due to Junior Firpo’s constant injury setbacks and Jesse Marsch needs stability.

Parisi has now given the club the ideal hint to go and look for other options at left-back, knowing that he should still be available in the summer if they can stay up.

It won’t be as simple as walking in and taking him with them but the Whites are well-placed, as long as they stay up.

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