Former Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci’s move to Palermo is turning into something of a nightmare, after reports the Serie B are facing the prospect of bankruptcy.
The 28 year old only joined Palermo in the last window from Leeds United, after becoming surplus to requirements under Thomas Christiansen.
Yesterday the Court of Palermo held it’s second hearing over the bankruptcy case involving the Italian club. Separately, Bellusci was quizzed about the situation after the game against Ternana: “I can’t answer on behalf of everyone, I personally don’t read any news before the game so it’s not influenced me. I didn’t know anything and it’s a new thing, now I’ll go back home and read what happened.”
Bankruptcy proceedings began last month after Palermo’s dire financial situation was revealed. Current owner Maurizio Zamparini has tried to sell the club this year on two occasions, but so far he’s been unsuccessful offloading the Sicilian side.
What makes matters worse is that Palermo currently top Serie B, but this could threat to derail their season, and possibly put a question mark over Bellusci’s future with the club.
If the club were to fold they could face the same fate as Parma two years ago, when they were demoted two divisions, and had to reform under a different name.
Leeds United terminated Bellusci’s contract by mutual consent last summer so that the player could return to Italy. During his time at Elland Road the central defender always showed a desire to play in his home country again, especially after coming in for flak from Leeds United fans during the 2015/16 season.