Mirco Antenucci has told Inside Futbol that he still follows Leeds United and states that he always thought the Yorkshire side would blossom in the Premier League, especially under Marcelo Bielsa – and also praised the Leeds supporters.
Antenucci, 36, left Leeds four and a half years ago after two years at the club – in which he clocked up 80 appearances – scoring 19 goals and creating eight more. He has since moved to SPAL where he captained them in Serie A, before joining Bari in 2019.
He left with a mixed feeling among fans. Many loved his passionate displays and his ability to create magic out of nothing, but others felt he let himself down in the ‘sicknote six’ scandal, which was six players pulling out of a game against Charlton.
Asked about Leeds following their promotion to the Premier League, Antenucci stated that he still follows his former club and knew they would do well in the top tier with Bielsa at the helm. He also commented on his relationship with the fans.
“Sure,” Antenucci said, when asked if he still follows Leeds. “I’m not surprised that the Whites are doing very well. They have an extraordinary coach, Bielsa is an innovator, he is a football master. I knew they would have a great start in the Premier League.
“I love the Leeds fans, it was a relationship of mutual respect, it was wonderful, they appreciated my attachment to the shirt. It was a good experience, even if the results weren’t very good. Leeds remains in my heart.”
Antenucci is currently contracted to third-tier side Bari, and is proving that age is just a number this season. In 18 appearances, he has scored nine goals – as well as laying on three assists. Last season, he scored 23 goals in 34 games.
He is expected to continue to play professionally right up until his forties, with his current contract at Bari expiring at the end of the 2021-22 season. Whether he continues after that, remains to be seen.