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Massimo Cellino asks why he would buy GFH out of Leeds, stadium a priority

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino says buying back Elland Road remains among his plans.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says buying back Elland Road would be his priority over buying out GFH.

GFH are the club's previous owners, who still retain a minority stake in the club.

Cellino told BBC Radio Leeds he only speaks to them occasionally via phone, and says if he had the money available, then buying back the lease to stadium Elland Road would come first, rather than buying their shares of the club.

He said: "If I have some money its better to spend to buy the stadium. They (GFH) don't help me but they don't bother me."

Buying back Elland Road has been a goal of Cellino's ever since he came to the club, yet so far it has been beyond him.

He added that it remains an aspiration, but at the moment it is just that as it is too costly.

He said: "When we buy the stadium we save a lot of money, I dream every night.

"It's a little bit too much for us at this moment, we have to wait a little bit or find someone who wants to finance."

Leeds are currently losing seven-figure sums on the stadium in rent each year, and while the initial outlay may be expensive, the club would certainly benefit long term from having their ground back as an asset, as money which is diverted to paying off rent every year could be put towards new players.

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