By Jonty Banks

12th Jan, 2023 | 4:10pm

Qatar Sports Investment speak out after Leeds United takeover news drops

Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) have spoken out and shut down any talks of a potential takeover bid of Leeds United, according to James Marshment.

TEAMtalk reported on Thursday (12 January) that a “trusted source” within Elland Road had revealed QSI were interested in buying Leeds from current owner Andrea Radrizzani.

However, QSI spoke out following the release of this article, shutting down the rumours that they had reignited their interest in buying the West Yorkshire club from 2019. [The Express]

In reply to a tweet by TEAMtalk stating the interest was “incorrect” after speaking to QSI, editor James Marschment said: “Apologies re the QSI, Leeds article earlier.

“This was was sent to us from a trusted source, but QSI have since been in touch and confirmed it is not true. The initial article has since been removed as a result.”

Door open for 49ers

After registering initial interest in buying the club in 2019, in the era of Marcelo Bielsa, it was always going to be a long shot for QSI to jump the 49ers enterprises in the queue of potential bidders.

Although QSI would have been a lucrative and highly tempting option for Leeds, the 49ers’ long-standing interest in the club cannot go unnoticed.

The 49ers clearly hold a significant interest in the long-term future of the club, and with American Jesse Marsch at the helm, it seems the perfect match.

The Times also recently revealed the 49ers were ramping up their efforts to get the purchase over the line, so a last-minute effort from QSI would likely have been turned down.

This now leaves the path clear for Radrizzani and the American suitors to confirm their deal over the takeover and send Leeds into a new era. Radrizzani has played his part in getting Leeds back to the Premier League, and his work cannot go unnoticed.

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