By Jason Jones

18th May, 2020 | 9:00pm

UEFA chief issues verdict on chances of 2019/20 season being finished

UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin has hinted that Leeds United have a good chance of finishing their Championship campaign on the pitch.

The president of the governing body has told beIN Sports that he expects “80%” of European leagues to be played to their completion.

He has also suggested that his organisation was hopeful that divisions across Europe would be wrapped up by August, including Champions League and Europa League matches.

Ceferin told beIN Sports: “We have an idea but we have to wait for the executive committee of UEFA to confirm the dates.

“I can say that the European season will be finished, if everything is as it is now, in August.

“As things look now, I’m sure that we can finish the European season and this means UEFA competition.

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“I think the majority of leagues will finish the season.”

This is a fantastic update from Ceferin.

Authorities don’t come much more influential than the president of UEFA, and if he is hopeful that the 2019/20 season can be played on the pitch, then we should be too.

The European chief’s update comes alongside a report from Sky Sports stating that Championship clubs will begin testing at the end of the week with view to clubs returning to training on Monday.

The best way for Leeds United to ensure that they get promoted this season is still for them to play those remaining nine fixtures in the coming weeks.

That way we could get the points on the board without any kind of doubt, and go up without the burden of a disputed promotion hanging over us.

With this latest update from Ceferin, it feels as if the chances of that happening are growing ever more likely.

In other Leeds United news, Report: Leeds big fans of young left-sided defender who impressed in trial at Thorp Arch.