Radrizzani makes Twitter admission to fan: £17m purchase is one of my top Leeds priorities
By Alex Stevens
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he intends to re-establish a women’s team at the club as well as step up plans to re-purchase Elland Road.
The Italian businessman made the revelations on Twitter as he dropped a hint about his long-term vision at Elland Road.
Asked by a Leeds supporter on the social media site about the possibility of re-affiliating a women’s team, Radrizzani replied on his personal Twitter account that “it’s on my agenda”.
@swalesey_LUFC it s on my agenda (as well as other top priority for the club as ER)
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) March 27, 2017
The new Leeds joint-owner, who bought a 50 per cent stake in the club at the end of December, explained that it was just as much of a “top priority” as “ER”, referring to his vow to buy back Elland Road.
Radrizzani explained when he took over that he planned to “study carefully” the Championship club’s option to reclaim the historic stadium.
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Leeds have leased Elland Road since 2004, paying a seven-figure sum in rent annually, and the Yorkshire Evening Post report that the cost of exercising the buy-back clause currently stands at around £17million.
Radrizzani’s joint-owner Massimo Cellino promised to bring the venue back under Leeds’ control soon after his takeover in April 2014 but was never able to fund the deal.
The Italian’s new fellow owner and countryman Radrizzani has similarly stressed the significance or taking back control of Elland Road.
Leeds also had a women’s team until former owner Ken Bates cut funding in 2005, although a team, Leeds Ladies FC, still exists, albeit independent from the club.
On the pitch, Leeds are flying high on the back of a series of excellent results that has catapulted the team into the play-off reckoning.
Garry Monk’s are currently fourth in the Championship with a tally of 69 points from 38 matches, eight points clear of Fulham in seventh.
They are well placed to secure a spot in the end-of-season play-offs, but automatic promotion is a more distant hope as they are eight points adrift of the two.
In other Leeds news, the club have sealed an out-of-window midfielder transfer.