Former Leeds United forward Mirco Antenucci has confirmed he was on the verge of returning to Ascoli in the winter transfer window, but the deal fell through. The forward will this weekend return to his former club when his new club SPAL visit the Del Duca.

Speaking to Ascoli News, Antenucci was asked how close he was to joining Ascoli from Leeds United in January. The player said there was truth in the story, but in the end the deal didn’t happen for a number of reasons.

Antenucci added that this weekend will be interesting playing against Ascoli even though he has since played there with Ternana.

“It’s true. I was at the point of returning to the black and white jersey, but we did not come to an agreement for so many reasons. Tomorrow for me will be exciting to go back to Del Duca, although I’ve have been back several times.”

It’s was well documented Antenucci’s wife wanted the family to return to Italy after the birth of their daughter, and it was expected he would return to Ascoli. Antenucci still has a house in nearby Giulianova, a move to his former club made sense.

However, it seems Ascoli stuttered on a deal, which allowed SPAL to land the 32-year-old when he was released by Leeds United in the summer.