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43-year-old makes comments that will excite Leeds United’s supporters



Andrea Radrizzani has highlighted his plans to copy Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer strategy, as long as he can get clarity from the footballing authorities over the rules.

Speaking at length to the BBC, Radrizzani was quizzed about last week’s social media outburst directed towards Wolves and their relationship with Jorge Mendes, with the Leeds United owner questioning whether their links with the super-agent were breaching EFL rules.

Leeds’ chief, 43, has now moved to discuss his stance with the BBC, confirming that if he gains clarity from the EFL, he will look to copy the strategy that Wolves have used, which sees them currently top the Sky Bet Championship table.

Radrizzani said: “I want to understand the rules so I can act like them.

“If it’s possible I would do the same as it’s been proven to be successful for the team. If not I will do as I did in the past, which I’m happy with too.”

The original outburst came shortly after Leeds’ 3-0 defeat to Wolves in the Championship last Wednesday, where Paul Heckingbottom’s side came up visibly short against the division’s best side, who scored goals through Romain Saiss, Willy Boly and Benik Afobe.

Discussing his plans further, if he can copy Wolves’ mould, Radrizzani continued: “It’s an opportunity for me to clarify the rules because I want to build a successful team on the pitch like Wolverhampton.

“To do it I might need to have five or six players on loan from an important agent or important clubs in Europe. I need to understand if it’s practical as I would like to do the same.”

Radrizzani’s first full season as Leeds’ owner has been largely disappointing, with the Whites failing to build on last season’s seventh placed finish, as their current campaign drifts towards a mid-table finish.

Leeds currently sit 13th in the Championship table, with nine fixtures of the season still remaining.

Next up for the Whites is a Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

The Verdict  

Radrizzani’s outburst last week seemed like sour grapes, after Wolves had annihilated his Leeds side.

However, last night’s comments show Radrizzani in a better light, which Leeds’ supporters will be encouraged by.

If possible, and Leeds copy Wolves’ strategy, Radrizzani could potentially build a strong Championship team.

Leeds fans… Let us know your thoughts!