Michael Brown has heralded Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani for his support in helping upgrade the club’s academy standing.

The former Leeds and Tottenham midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims that the Italian boss has done a remarkable job and overcome some “very difficult” hurdles in the process.

Leeds confirmed earlier this week that they have been awarded Category One academy status by the Premier League after an audit earlier this season.

Brown admits Leeds’ achievement is no mean feat and has paid credit to the Italian owner for his support and financial backing.

Brown told Football Insider: “That’s what you want, you want that structure in place and they understand it long-term that that’s the key.

“It’s sometimes difficult to do because the detail that goes into it is very difficult. Full credit, there’s some good support and there’s funding with it which is great.

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“Once you get it up and running and up to that level, hopefully now the quality will get even better.”

Radrizzani, who first arrived at Leeds as a co-owner, has been in charge at Elland Road since buying out the former owner and fellow Italian Massimo Cellino in May 2017.

The Whites have finished 13th and third in the Championship under his stewardship, while they currently sit top with four games left to play.

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