Friday 15 December 2017

Kenny sack excuse is'nonsense'

Paddy Kenny's agent admitted the Leeds goalkeeper faces an uncertain future at Elland Road but dismissed reports he was being forced out of the club due to the date of his birthday as "nonsense".

Kenny, understood to be one of the club's higher wage earners, did not travel with the rest of Leeds' first-team squad to their summer training camp in northern Italy on Monday.

And his future was cast in further doubt when Leeds made a new goalkeeper their first summer signing with the arrival of Stuart Taylor on Thursday following his release by Reading.

Leeds president Massimo Cellino has been reported to want to off-load Kenny because of his suspicion of the number 17. The former Sheffield United keeper was born on May 17.

Cellino dislikes the number 17 so much that he had the stadium seats at former club Cagliari replaced with 16B. The Italian also banned the colour purple. He insists both bring bad luck.

But Kenny's agent Paul Masterton said he was more concerned about a "doctored" and "mischievous" photograph circulating on social media websites, which shows the 36-year-old as clearly overweight.

"I've no idea where this number 17 stuff came from, but it's complete nonsense," said Masterton.

"We're more bothered about the picture to be honest. It's been massively doctored. Paddy is the same weight now as he was five years ago. I was playing golf with him last week and unless he's put four stones on since then somebody somewhere is being mischievous to say the least."

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