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Paul Robinson has said that the plan for Leeds United to be at the centre of a network of clubs owned by Andrea Radrizzani is “exciting” and will have real benefits for the Whites.
Radrizzani has said that he wants to take over a number of top-tier teams in countries such as France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
These teams would develop players who could go onto play for Leeds.
Talking to Sports Pro Media Radrizzani said, “I do believe that a consolidated group in football, with multiple club ownership, can be a benefit in terms of synergies and creating value in the development of the players, and in some cases also on the commercial side.
“I’m already in touch with some potential target clubs to acquire.”
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “I think it’s really exciting for Leeds for incoming and outgoings.
“It also shows how far Leeds have come under Andrea Radrizzani in such a short space of time. He’s starting to build a real plan for the future and it looks good.
“Having strong links with other clubs is always good. You look at Leeds and Man City… Leeds got Jack Harrison and Ian Poveda on loan from Man City.
“And also, the link that is with PSG, the investment potentially coming in with Radrizzani and the owners on close terms.
“Radrizzani is doing a brilliant job at Leeds.
“You can expect to get players on loan deals and managers can trust one another. It means Leeds players could get vital first-team experience too.”
Radrizzani has completed the first of his multi-year plans for Leeds, getting them back into the Premier League, but he’s not resting on his laurels.
The plan for Leeds is to consolidate in the Premier League and then to attack the European places in two-to-three years time.
By that time they could be part of a close network of European clubs.
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