Leeds United managing director Kinnear hints landmark stadium deal is in the pipeline

Elland Road

Leeds United do not currently own their own stadium, but that could soon change.

Elland RoadElland Road

Leeds United managing director Angus Kinnear has hinted the club could soon have Elland Road back under ownership.

The stadium was sold off in 2004 to help clear club debts and the club have been leasing it ever since.

Former owner Massimo Cellino expressed ambition to purchase the ground but did not follow up on his ambition.

Now new owner Andrea Radrizzani is hoping for better fortunes.

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road Elland Road

Radrizzani was not answering questions to the media yesterday as new manager Thomas Christiansen was presented, but managing director Angus Kinnear did also field questions along with sporting director Victor Orta.

Kinnear was quizzed about plans to buy back Elland Road, and responded by hinting it is being worked on.

He said, speaking to the press conference: "The property part of the Leeds business is something which will receive a lot of focus.

"Andrea has made his intentions clear that his group should own the club (ground) and that's something we'll be working on and hopefully have news on soon."

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland RoadElland Road

Owning the stadium will prevent it being a drain on resources, and also permit the Whites to easier facilitate any changes to it they wish.

New signings are seen as a more pressing priority ahead of the new season, but once they have been made, a deal to buy back the stadium would would welcomed by supporters.

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