Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday says Marco Silvestri is “destined for very big things” after completing the signing of the Italian goalkeeper.
Football League World yesterday reported comments by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino that suggested Silvestri was on his way to Elland Road, and the 23-year-old – who has penned a four-year contract with the Championship side – joins from Chievo for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.
The ex-Modena shot-stopper has represented his country at Under-20 and Under-21 level, finishing 2013-14 on loan at Cellino’s former club Cagliari, and has also been loaned out to Reggiana and Padova.
Silvestri, who has spent the past week training with Leeds, is the second ‘keeper signed by the Yorkshire outfit this summer following the arrival of free agent Stuart Taylor, and Hockaday has been impressed with what he has seen of his new custodian.
“Everybody in Italy believes that Marco is destined for very big things,” Hockaday told Leeds’ official website.
“He has been training with us for a week now and he has impressed everybody, not only with his quality on the park but with his general manner off it as well.
“So are we delighted to welcome a very good person and footballer to Leeds United.”