By Pranav Shahaney

9th Aug, 2022 | 8:40pm

Andrea Radrizzani address Raphinha sale as he wants Leeds United to stop being selling club

Andrea Radrizzani believes that it was important for Leeds United to sell Raphinha this summer as it would raise funds to buy players.

The Italian claims that he did not want Kalvin Phillips to leave but at the same time, he did not want to stand in his way from a move to Manchester City.

While he’s seen players leave Elland Road for greener pastures, he believes that it can be different in the coming years.

Speaking to David Ornstein and Phil Hay on the Phil Hay Show, Radrizzani said (22:48), “Kalvin Phillips could’ve stayed at Leeds for his life and become the next captain. I didn’t want to let him go. It was very clear to me that it was his ambition.

“With Raphinha it was more of a sacrifice to sell because we needed to buy players. We can spend £100million every year for three years and not have any income. The club will collapse.

“In the medium to long term, we will be able to maintain some of the talent. We do not want to be selling our talent all the time.

“The best model I think is the Leicester one so we need to be realistic and when there’s a possibility to build otherwise let go of some players at times.”

Valid points

The harsh reality is that Leeds are a selling club and if there’s a big club trying to sign their talent, there’s a very good chance that they will end up losing his services.

The same has happened this summer and could happen in a year if clubs come in for the likes of Jack Harrison, Illan Meslier or even one of the new signings.

With an ownership change on the cards, things could look differently for the Whites, but until then, they’ve got to be content with not being a team that challenges for Europe every season.

Things can change surely under Radrizzani as well and they can go on to have a miracle season under Jesse Marsch.

However, the chances of that happening are slim as the financial backing is not there to go on that sort of run.

The fans will be happy with a top half or upper mid-table finish as they’re realistic about things and now where the club currently are.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now have a clear run to sign a £20m-rated left-back as their Premier League rivals have now bowed out of the race.