Leeds United: Wilfried Gnonto wants to join 'massive' rebuild as 'top teams' lurk - Sky Sports pundit
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Paul Robinson wouldn’t be surprised to see Willy Gnonto return to Italy as speculation over his Leeds United future continues to swirl.
90min reported (22 March) that Roma, Napoli and Juventus are all monitoring the 19-year-old after his impressive first season at Elland Road.
Robinson has suggested the Italian could return to his home country as he looks to become a permanent fixture in Roberto Mancini’s national side.
“The Italian league is where players do get seen a lot, you just need to look at the national side, the vast majority play their football in Serie A,” Robinson exclusively told MOT Leeds News.
“The Italian side are under a massive rebuild once again, they’re looking to qualify for the European Championships and defend their crown after missing the last two World Cups.
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“For him to play in his home country, I can see why he’d want to do that, especially with them trying to defend the Euros.
“If he’s not going to play at Leeds it highlights it even more as to why he’s not playing if the top teams in the World are looking at him and Roberto Mancini deems him fit to play in the national team.”
It’s not just in Italy where Gnonto is being noticed. According to Gazzetta dello Sport (21 March), Arsenal and Manchester City are both keeping a close eye on his situation.
In other Leeds United news, a club now has “no intention” of paying the Whites a pre-agreed fee.