Following added investment from the San Francisco 49ers, Andrea Radrizzani has outlined his lofty ambitions for Leeds United.
Leeds have set out their stall in the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa this season, with the style of play and aims this season suggesting much more than survival as the project.
Signing players from clubs hitting the top four of their respective leagues suggests there’s something brewing at Elland Road.
Not standing still is paramount for Leeds in the coming years to ensure that we can restore the position we once held before falling out of the top flight.
Andrea Radrizzani secured extra investment from the San Francisco 49ers on Monday morning taking the NFL franchise’s stake in the club to 37%, with Paraag Marathe now the club’s Vice Chairman.
It means the 49ers are edging closer to becoming the majority shareholders in the club and thus bumping Radrizzani out of the owner’s spot.
However, it’s clear that the Italian isn’t going anywhere any time soon as he fully intends to see out his vision of overseeing a return of European nights at Elland Road.
On the prospect of boosting Leeds beyond a team happy to just stay in the top flight, Radrizzani stated (via LeedsLive):
Now that we have achieved promotion and made a positive start to the new campaign, there is no better time to be looking ahead to the future, as we aim to take this football club to the next level, initially by becoming an established Premier League side before chasing our dreams of taking Leeds United back into Europe.
That’s the overall aim of this club and should be for any club really in the long-term, otherwise, what’s the point?
First and foremost, we need to ensure we stay a Premier League club beyond this season, which I’m confident we’ll be fine with.
However, the club has moved very well to make sure we’re in a position where we’re already rubbing elbows with the best on a financial level and a performance level.
I’d expect a busy summer following this announcement and Radrizzani’s comments.