By Daniel Lewis

19th Sep, 2023 | 8:40pm

Willy Gnonto makes 'a bit sad' admission on life at Leeds United

Leeds United forward Willy Gnonto has admitted he struggles with the weather in England, describing it as “a bit sad” compared to back home in Italy.

Inter Milan academy product Gnonto has spent the past 12 months at Elland Road after joining from Swiss side FC Zurich.

The Italy international handed in a transfer request in the summer window, but the club rejected three offers from Premier League side Everton [Shamoon Hafez].

Asked by Sport Mediaset [19 September] what the biggest difference is between living in England and Italy, Gnonto said: “Life here is very different, but with the food I was quite lucky because I came with my parents.

“The hardest thing to decipher is always the weather, it’s a bit sad around here.

“The positive thing, however, is the level of football, it’s incredible. I’ve been to lots of stadiums and the atmosphere is fantastic.”

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Weather the storm

Unfortunately for Gnonto, there is not a lot that can be done about the great British weather, which has been particularly bad this summer.

Leeds fans will therefore have some sympathy for the youngster, although that was not the case when he tried to force through a move in August.

After it became clear United would not budge on their stance that the player was not for sale, Gnonto has since returned to the fold and knuckled down.

Gnonto may only have scored one goal in four Championship games this season, but he has more than played his part in what has been a positive enough start to the campaign.

Aside from the weather, the Italian is a fan of English football and will no doubt be hoping for a return to the Premier League one day soon.

Should that be as a Leeds player, then it would mean redemption for the teenager after his antics in the summer transfer window.

In other Leeds United news, a new injury issue has emerged ahead of the meeting with Hull City.