EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan admits he has been bowled over by the job owner and chairman Andrea Radrizzani has done at Leeds United but questioned his long-term future at the club.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the lifelong supporter and former Whites forward applauded the manner in which the Italian has brought Leeds back together, including returning ownership of Elland Road to the club.

Radrizzani took charge of the Yorkshire side back in 2017, initially joining as an investor alongside fellow Italian Massimo Cellino before buying out his countryman and becoming the outright owner.

Asked if he was pleased with Radrizzani’s two seasons at Elland Road, which has seen them finish 13th and 3rd, Whelan insisted he has been a brilliant chairman but questioned if he has the finances to push them as far as their potential will allow.

“Look, I can’t fault him,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“He’s took a very difficult club, who was owned by different entities and brought it back into one club again – the ground, the stadium. There’s still a bit of debt there with the companies that owned the club before but he’s taken that under his wing, he’s brought all the jigsaw pieces together and it’s now one sellable club.

“In anyone else’s eyes, that is a very, very tasty proposition to own. One city club, massive history, huge fanbase, the potential is just unreal at Leeds United.

“Would it be a case of where Mr Radrizzani can only take it to a certain point and someone else takes over? Either way, it’s a great investment at Leeds United and I’m sure he’d get his money-plus back.”

Leeds have had a busy start to the summer transfer window, the likes of Helder Costa and Ben White joining while Caleb Ekuban and Jack Clarke have been sold, the latter returning on a season-long loan.

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