By Danny Mills

14th Nov, 2021 | 1:16pm

Radrizzani preparing to quit Leeds after confirmed news - Mills

Danny Mills has claimed it “won’t be long” before the 49ers become the majority shareholder of Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender suggested Andrea Radrizzani is preparing to step down from the club.

Leeds confirmed (November 5) the 49ers have increased their stake in the club to 44 per cent.

Radrizzani, through his investment group Aser Ventures, owns the other 56 per cent.

The 49ers initially took a small 15 per cent stake in Leeds before increasing their holding to 37 per cent in January of this year.

Asked whether this could mean the 49ers eventually replace Radrizzani as Leeds owner, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Definitely.

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“44 per cent is a lot, that’s a big chunk of money. With 76 per cent you can do what you like. You have total control and don’t have to answer anybody at all. 

“That’s gone now for Radrizzani. He has to answer to other shareholders. They will have a big say in the direction of the football club because otherwise, why would you bring them in?

“I’m guessing that it won’t be that long before they become the majority shareholder.”

Radrizzani first became involved with Leeds when he acquired a 50 per cent stake from Massimo Cellino in January 2017.

He bought the rest of Cellino’s stake in May of that year and has led the club to the Premier League after hiring Marcelo Bielsa.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed a third investor could join Radrizzani & the 49ers at Leeds United after a document reveal.