Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani will not be deterred from his European dream by news of an impending Champions League revamp.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively with an expanded 36-team continental competition creeping ever closer.
Chairman of the European Clubs Associataion Andrea Agnelli recently claimed that an expanded Champions League was “very close” to being given the green light.
Leeds majority shareholder Andrea Radrizzani has not been shy about his ambitions to see his club play on the biggest stage in Europe.
But critics of the proposed Champions League revamp claim that it will ringfence wealth in the hands of a select few elite club.
Maguire questioned the motives behind the mooted expansion but predicted that it could see clubs like Leeds smash the glass ceiling domestically.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “I don’t see owners walking away. I think they will do their level best to break into this new competition, which no fans have asked for by the way.
“I talk to fans from all clubs and not even Manchester United and Liverpool fans think this is a solution. They don’t want additional matches in the group stage in Europe.
“It means these clubs will have so many fixtures that it’s going to be difficult to fight on so many fronts.
“Therefore, it might give Leeds and other clubs who are ambitious and are prepared to back the managers in terms of wages and transfers the opportunity to break into that top six because other clubs are trying to spin one plate too many.”
Leeds have not played in Europe’s flagship competition since 2001 when they were beaten semi-finalists against Valencia.
In their first season back in the top-flight in 16 years, Leeds have won admirers for their white-knuckle playing style and currently sit 12th with 10 matches to play.