Massimo Cellino re-affirms commitment to buy back Leeds United's Elland Road

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Leeds owner re-states his desire to buy back Elland Road.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has once again spoken of his goal to buy back Elland Road, commenting via the club's official website.

Leeds currently lease the stadium, a situation inherited from before Cellino bought a majority shareholding in the club.

Speaking after securing another commercial deal for the club, Cellino told the club's official website: "

"A lot of these assets like the club’s Conference and Banqueting businesses had been sold off over the last 10 years and this has been a contributing factor in the club’s financial losses.

"Owning our own Conference and Banqueting business again is a significant move towards making Leeds United Football club financially viable on a long term basis.

"The Elland Road Stadium is another important asset that is high on the list of priorities for me to bring back into club ownership."

Old record, will anything be new this time?

This is not the first time Cellino has spoken of his intention to buy back Elland Road, but it is an issue which had not been addressed since his return from a Football League suspension.

After taking over in January 2014, Cellino told The Sun one of his first intentions was to bring the stadium back under club ownership.

He later told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he would aim to put the Ross McCormack transfer fee towards it, but fans are still waiting.

The financial complexities of the deal may make it more difficult than he had imagined, and it is a positive for fans to hear his intentions remain the same - yet at the same time after his previous vows supporters want action, not more promises.

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