Exclusive: Whelan urges senior Leeds man to 'step aside' amid 'Huge' development
Noel Whelan has urged Andrea Radrizzani to “step aside” for a Qatar takeover if their investors plan to pump “massive” amounts of cash into Leeds United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider editor Wayne Veysey, the ex-United striker who covers all the club’s matches as a pundit explained how fresh investment can maximise the potential of the Championship giants.
Radrizzani revealed in October he was considering an offer from QSI (Qatar Sports Investment) to take the Yorkshire giants to a new level, although he subsequently backtracked and claimed he wants to keep his stake.
The United owner was then photographed at a Paris Saint-Germain Champions League match alongside Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the PSG president who also runs QSI, last month.
There has been widespread speculation that talks are progressing behind the scenes and Whelan has told Football Insider this week he’s been told by his own sources that Qatar have “huge” plans to develop Leeds into “another Man City”.
Asked by Football Insider what Radrizzani should do, Whelan added: “Get the best possible deal for Leeds United.
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“He shouldn’t cling on to try and control the club, with Qatar as minority shareholders. If you step aside, you must step aside fully.
“If Qatar, or any other investor, plans to pump in a massive amount of money they want to to own the club themselves and do it their own way.
“Leeds could be a massive club with the right investment. It’s a one-city club with the fan base, history and support to be off the scale.
“Leeds could be a special place to be in the coming years, but they need to get in the Premier League, first.”
Radrizzani bought Leeds in January 2017, initially acquiring a 50 per cent stake before fully buying out Massimo Cellino in May of that year.
He reduced his 100 per cent holding last year to 88 per cent when 49ers Enterprises, the investment branch of the San Francisco 49ers, bought £11 million worth of shares.
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