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Leeds owner provides update on plans to buy Elland Road

Andrew Umbers has reiterated Leeds United's desire to buy Elland Road - and he expects a deal to be done within the next 12 months.

Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers has told BBC Sport that the club still intend on buying Elland Road in the near future.

When Massimo Cellino took over at Leeds, one of his first promises to the fans was that they would buy their ground, however no progress has been made in negotiations.

That has led many Leeds supporters to question whether any deal will be completed, but Umbers has reiterated the desire to own Elland Road and predicted that an agreement will be in place by this time next year.

"We know that we have got to own our own assets. It's wrong to be a guest in our own home," Umbers told BBC Radio Leeds.

"It is our intention to buy the stadium. This is a club that belongs to its fans and to the community.

"I don't want to give a date because I think it would be wrong to manage that expectation, but I think this time next year a lot will have changed around the stadium and Leeds will be a wealthier club for owning its own assets."

Umbers has taken charge at Leeds until Massimo Cellino's disqualification from running the club is lifted.

The Italian was banned from having any involvement at Leeds until April 10th by the Football League, but Umbers stressed today that Cellino would be back as soon as that date arrives.

The outspoken owner will be hoping that by that time the club will look slightly more stable than it does now.

Although Leeds have improved in recent weeks, they are still not entirely clear of the relegation zone and will need to ensure they pick up a sizeable amount of points in their remaining fixtures if they are to avoid falling into the bottom three.

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