By Mark Smith

28th Feb, 2021 | 6:00pm

Danny Mills: San Francisco 49ers to increase Leeds stake in near future

Danny Mills has insisted that the San Francisco 49ers will increase their stake in Leeds United in the “not so distant future.”

The 49ers increased their stake at Elland Road to 37% at the end of January, with Paraag Marathe named vice-chairman, something Mills doesn’t expect to be the end.

The Sky Sports pundit shared that the Whites have “big, big plans” and that the 49ers will be in the heart of those moving forward in West Yorkshire.

Speaking to the Stadium Astro YouTube channel over the weekend, Mills claimed the only way Leeds will improve is with more recruitment to their squad.

“Leeds will need to bring in better players,” he said.

“The way that Leeds play, with the team that they have now, they’re going to struggle to finish in the top half on a regular-season after season.

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“There is recruitment on the horizon, the San Francisco 49ers have a stake in the club, looks like that is going to be increased in the not so distant future. I know Leeds have big, big plans.”

This would be huge for Leeds and their visions in the Premier League.

According to Times journalist Martyn Ziegler, San Francisco 49ers paid £50million for an additional 22% stake in the club, which handed an instant boost to Andrea Radrizzani during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first £23million of that has been pumped into the club recently, after official documents were lodged by the club and shared by Kieran Maguire.

We don’t expect huge changes to the current stakes for the next year or so, but once the Whites establish themselves in the Premier League, who knows what could happen? Either way, it’s very exciting.

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