New Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani
Italian entrepreneur Andrea Radrizzani has said the heritage and history of Leeds United made buying the football club a no-brainer.
The 42-year-old entrepreneur who made his fortune by investing in the media and sports sectors completed his takeover of the club yesterday (23 May).
Radrizzani, who hails from Milan, purchased 50% of the club in January before acquiring the remaining 50% stake from previous owner Massimo Cellino yesterday.
In a statement on the club’s website, Radrizzani said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to become a custodian of this great football club.
“The heritage and history of Leeds United attracted me to the club and having spent time at games and at Thorp Arch, I can see that we are ready to move forward to the next level.
“This is a long-term commitment, there is a lot of hard work ahead of us and I am aware of my responsibilities as owner of Leeds United.
“I can assure all supporters that everyone at this club will be doing all we can to build a successful team at Elland Road.”
After completing his takeover, Radrizzani who will now become the club’s new chairman, paid tribute to Cellino.
He said: “Massimo has been incredibly supportive throughout the investment process and I am grateful that he has afforded me the opportunity to purchase Leeds United.
“We have had a positive 12 months and I am inheriting a club with a good squad and talented, hardworking staff.
“Massimo acquired a club in a difficult financial situation but he has created a sound platform for me to take Leeds United forward into a new era.
“On behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to thank Massimo for his support and I wish him well for the future.”
To which the departing Cellino responded: “I have been proud to work at Leeds United, with nice people who have worked at the club with me.
“If you can survive working with me, you can survive anything!
“I have always taught people to work for the club and not for me and in the end the staff have done so in a beautiful way.
“I wish Andrea good luck, I am sure he will continue what I have started and show that people from our country are honest and hard working people.
“Owners come and go but Leeds United will be there forever, for the fans - keep Marching on Together.
“Goodbye and farewell.”
Radrizzani will now prepare to get the club ready for the new Championship season which starts in August.
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