By Beck Pascal

27th Dec, 2021 | 11:45am

Andrea Radrizzani outlines his future plans for Leeds United

Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani has spoken to Forbes magazine regarding his plans for development at the club. 

Radrizzani has been the majority shareholder at Leeds United since 2017, overseeing their rise back to the topflight of English football. 

The Italian businessman has opened up on his success to date and how he intends to move forward with the club. 

He told Forbes: “To take back this club to the Premier League was a wonderful challenge, a fantastic journey but we are still here to work and make this club even bigger so the journey still continues,”  

“This club was really big many years ago and it’s part of the history of English football. Our fans are insane, our stadium is fantastic and very unique,”

“We were able to bring our revenue from £36 million to £200 million this year [which] is synonymous of the hard work behind the [scenes at the] club.

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With regards to progress on the pitch, Radrizzani conceded that player trading is a necessary evil in order to reach the upper echelons of English football: “[We] will have to sell maybe one or two key players and buy other talents coming up like Leicester did in the past so we need to be humble and realistic of our means [so that] we grow gradually step by step.”


Leeds fans are well aware of how much Radrizzani and co have helped the Whites regain Premier League status whilst giving them the tools to become a notoriously difficult team to play against with a world-class manager. 

However, the comments surrounding player trading seem awfully well-timed with the rumours linking Brazilian magician Raphina to Bayern Munich. It seems an attempt to calm the fans down ahead of the sale of the team’s best player. 

The 25-year-old has outperformed all expectations since arriving in England which caught the attention of many European giants, with Bayern seemingly coming out on top. 

It is disappointing for Leeds to sell one of their best players, especially with such a crucial second half to the season on their hands. However, Radrizzani’s comment surrounding the matter should fill the fans with confidence. 

The Whites could deal with their best players being sold in order to fund a long-term project that sees stadium developments and Premier League stability. 

But the money needs to be visibly reinvested back into the club. A gargantuan growth in revenue (from £39m to £200m) must correlate to a similar rise in money reinvested so that Leeds United doesn’t become a cash cow. 

In other Leeds United news, Eddie Gray expresses hope for Marcelo Bielsa’s future at Leeds United.