By Wayne Veysey

6th Jan, 2017 | 12:51pm

Garry Monk shares Andrea Radrizzani revelation after Leeds takeover, reveals talks planned

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk has revealed that he has already met the club’s “passionate” new joint owner Andrea Radrizzani.

The Leeds manager also explained that he will hold talks with Radrizzani and his fellow owner Massimo Cellino “next week”.

The two Italian businessmen each hold a 50 per cent stake in the Championship club after Cellino sold half of his shareholding in a deal that was announced on Wednesday following months of negotiations.

Radrizzani was at pains in his statement to stress his backing for Monk, who has transformed the fortunes of the team since being appointed by the erratic Monk last summer.

Monk spoke for the first time on Friday about the takeover, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account.

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“The investment by Mr Radrizzani is positive news, we have been aware of it for a while and now it is official,” said Monk. “We have met briefly and I am looking forward to meeting with both owners again next week.”

Both Cellino, who was in Miami, and Radrizzani were out of the UK when the club released a statement to announce the change in the ownership of one of English football’s biggest clubs.

The new joint owner, 42, is set to jet in to the UK to meet with senior figures in the club and also attend the club’s next league match, which is away to Derby in seven days’ time.

But Radrizzani is not expected to be present for the club’s forthcoming FA Cup trip to League Two side Cambridge, which takes place on Monday.

Leeds are looking to make a mark in the world’s oldest cup competition after reaching the quarter-finals of the League Cup earlier this season only to be knocked out by Premier League giants Liverpool.

In other Leeds news, the club’s fans have gone berserk on Twitter after Monk landed his first January signing.