Massimo Cellino wants Champions League football 'when Leeds are promoted'

Leeds United president Massimo Cellino has big aims for the club.

Leeds United president Massimo Cellino has told the Daily Mirror that he has a bold aim - to bring Champions League football back to Elland Road.

The Italian took charge of Leeds back in 2014, and so far, his spell with the West Yorkshire club has been turbulent to say the very least.

Under Cellino's reign, Leeds have seen Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and now Uwe Rosler all take charge of the club, with the latter now expected to improve on Leeds' 15th place finish this season.

It's tough to gauge what Leeds' target for the 2015/16 season should be, but president Cellino already has huge aims for the club in the near future.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Cellino started by speaking about 'when' Leeds return to the Premier League as we now mark 11 years since the Whites' relegation from the top flight in 2004, which may seen somewhat presumptuous to some supporters.

The next part of Cellino's statement may come as a shock, as he suggests that he is aiming for Champions League football at Elland Road rather than simply settling for mid-table.

"When we go into the Premier League, we will go into the Premier League to get to the Champions League," said Cellino. "We will not go into the Premier League to pay our debts. We will not go into the Premier League to be relegated," he added.

That's certainly ambitious from Cellino, but after such a controversial year at the club, maybe Leeds need to walk before they can run under the Italian's guidance rather than set outlandish targets ahead of the new era under recently-appointed manager Rosler.

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