Noel Whelan hopes Leeds United never sell the naming rights to Elland Road amid reports Tottenham are in talks with global giant Amazon.
The former United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the fans would resist such a deal were it to arise in the future as the current stadium “means a lot” to Whites.
According to the Daily Mail, Amazon are in talks with Tottenham over purchasing the naming rights to their state of the art £1billion stadium in a £250million deal.
However, when Mike Ashley renamed St. James’ Park the Sports Direct Arena it was met with great opposition by Newcastle United fans.
The decision was eventually overturned after supporters protested and even tabled an early day motion in parliament against the selling of the clubs naming rights.
When asked by Football Insider if Leeds fans would react similarly if Elland Road’s naming rights were to be sold, Whelan said: “It would be very strange. I would like to keep Elland Road but you can never say never. Everyone moves with the times.
“We are talking about extending the stadium which I think is great rather than building a new one.
“Elland Road has a great history so I would like to think it would never happen because it means a lot to people. I do not think the fans would want anything else.
“With Tottenham, it is different because it is not White Hart Lane so it does not make any difference.”
According to The Athletic‘s Phil Hay, United have plans to increase the capacity at Elland Road by redeveloping the West Stand.
With Daniel Levy reported to land Spurs a whopping quarter-of-a-million from an agreement with Amazon, it is easy to see how a future deal may be attractive to the United board.
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