New Leeds chief Radrizzani has dig at Aston Villa transfer policy
By Amir Mir
New Leeds chief Andrea Radrizzani has aimed a dig at Aston Villa and their transfer policy by stating just buying mutliple players on big wages could lead to a “disaster for the club”.
Italian Radrizzani purchased a 50 per cent stake in the Yorkshire outfit from Massimo Cellino this month.
He has inherited a side that is sitting in the top six of the Championship and is on course to stake a big claim for a return to the Premier League this season.
The 42-year-old was asked whether the Whites will be purchasing players in order for a promotion push, and this was his response:
“No, because I don’t believe winning the league or getting promotion is all about money,” said Radrizzani, as quoted by the Independent.
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“There are plenty of cases this season of clubs with much bigger salaries, like Aston Villa, in a lower position than us.
“We need to find the balance to keep the club sustainable. If you want to compete and win just by buying players, it could be a disaster for the club, because if you don’t go up, in two years, you basically need to get out and change ownership again.”
Villa, who are owned by Chinese businessman Tony Xia, purchased nine players last summer, breaking the transfer record for the second tier on two occasions.
Xia bought the club from Randy Lerner in June after the club’s relegation from the Premier League as they are aiming for instant promotion.
However, they find themselves struggling in mid-table, ten points adrift of the final play-off spot and 13 points behind Garry Monk’s side who sit in third.
As a result, manager Steve Bruce, who replaced Roberto Di Matteo in the Villa Park dugout in October, is now looking to add more quality to his squad as they aim to make a push up the table.
He has already added Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to his squad with the youngster joining on loan until the end of the campaign.
Striker Ross McCormack was one of the most expensive buys by the club as the Scotsman was purchased for £12million from Fulham.
Despite a reliant on McCormack to add more goals to the side, he has struggled for his new team scoring just three goals this term.
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