Michael Brown has warned Andrea Radrizzani to “tread with caution” after outlining his future plans at Leeds United.

The former Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Whites had lofty ambitions back in the Premier League and that the Elland Road chiefs would not settle for mid-table obscurity.

Speaking to Sky Sports after announcing increased investment from the San Francisco 49ers, Radrizzani revealed plans to build a new training ground within walking distance of Elland Road, as well as a major renovation of the stadium.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani

The Italian boss stated it was the “first phase of a rebuilding exercise” now the club are back in the Premier League.

Brown believes the Whites have got their sights set on re-establishing themselves as a force in the top-flight but that there needed to be a dose of realism and pragmatism in the plans.

Asked if Radrizzani’s proposals demonstrated realistic ambition from the club, Brown told Football Insider: I’ll tell you now, they’re aiming high, everyone’s aiming high at Leeds. It’s Leeds United, you can’t just do it and aim sensibly.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“You’ve got to aim to try and, firstly, break into the top half and then see where it can take you.

“You know a Leeds United side won’t want to sit as a mid-table Premier League side, they’ll be pushing to get higher.

“We’ve got to say tread with caution and that can take some time.” 

Leeds currently sit 12th at the halfway stage of the Premier League campaign with 26 points under their belts.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men completed their first league double of the season on Tuesday evening with victory over Newcastle United.

In other news, a former England striker has issued a warning to Leeds United after watching Kalvin Phillips.