Confirmed: Leeds United goalkeeper Marco Silvestri seals Verona move

Marco Silvestri (right) at Leeds United's training base in Austria on Tuesday.
Marco Silvestri (right) at Leeds United's training base in Austria on Tuesday.
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Marco Silvestri has sealed a return to Serie A by signing for Hellas Verona on a four-year deal.

Silvestri completed his move to Italy after leaving Leeds United's training camp in Austria yesterday and travelling to Verona to sign a four-year deal.

Marco Silvestri in Austria.

Marco Silvestri in Austria.

Verona have paid an undisclosed fee for the goalkeeper, bringing an end to his three-year stay at Elland Road.

Silvestri was third in the selection order under Thomas Christiansen and saw his prospects of playing next season diminish further with the arrival of Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen.

Christiansen took Silvestri to Austria along with Wiedwald and Rob Green and used the Italian in Monday’s 3-0 friendly defeat to Bursaspor but Leeds accepted an offer from Verona on Tuesday.

Youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell flew out to replace him in Jenbach last night having seen a mooted loan move to Oldham Athletic fall through.

Peacock-Farrell joined Oldham for training last Monday and played in a friendly against Salisbury City but was sent back to Leeds by Latics manager John Sheridan over the weekend.

Silvestri - signed from Chievo on a four-year deal in 2014 - was first-choice in his first two seasons at United but lost his place to Rob Green last term, playing six times in the League Cup and FA Cup and failing to make a single league appearance.

Wiedwald’s arrival for a fee of £500,000 last month also threatened Green’s involvement, leading to speculation that the former England international might also quit Elland Road before the end of the transfer window, and the exit of Silvestri would put the pair in a direct battle for a shirt.

Green, now 37, is likely to look for a transfer away from Elland Road if Wiedwald relegates him to the bench and while Leeds are not actively looking to move him on, they would be open to offers if Green asked to avoid spending next season as a substitute.

Silvestri, meanwhile, has played 98 times during a spell at Leeds which was touched by controversy in 2015 when he and five other players withdrew injured at late notice before a 2-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic. The 26-year-old subsequently denied feigning injury or attempting to undermine then head coach Neil Redfearn.

Leeds have already cut another of Cellino’s signings from their squad this week by agreeing to terminate the final 12 months of Giuseppe Bellusci’s contract by mutual consent.

The centre-back is likely to sign for PAOK in Greece as a free agent having called time on a trouble period at Elland Road.

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