Angus Kinnear has played down any suggestion that Andrea Radrizzani may consider selling Leeds United anytime soon.
Angus Kinnear has told BBC Radio Leeds (broadcast on 4/9; 18:51) that Andrea Radrizzani has no appetite to sell Leeds this season, with those working behind the scenes feeling that there is unfinished business at Elland Road.
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding the Italian’s future since he arrived at the Championship club. As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, there had been rumours during the summer that Paris Saint-Germain’s owners Qatar Sports Investments had an interest in investing in the Whites.
The report noted that Leeds had played down talk at the time, but with the club amongst the majority of Championship clubs who lose money, speculation concerning Radrizzani’s future is likely to continue for as long as Leeds find themselves out of the Premier League.
But Kinnear looked to put to bed any suggestion that Leeds could be sold during the next year as he insisted that the focus is on what is going on on the pitch.
“No, I don’t think there’s any appetite to sell,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “The feeling, very much from everybody on the board and from the manager was one of unfinished business.
“And I think we all want to achieve this together, so at the moment, there’s no focus on selling. And even the discussions around investment may take second place to the day-to-day of running the business and ensuring that we win football matches.”
While Kinnear’s comments will not completely end all talk surrounding the club’s future, it is definitely a positive that there looks set to be no significant speculation emerging during this season.
Leeds fans know how harmful and detrimental uncertainty off the pitch can be to what goes on on it having seen a number of takeovers take place down the years. While some of Radrizzani’s decisions can be criticised, there is no question that Leeds have moved in a good direction during his tenure, and he has put a lot of previous owners to shame with a lot of brilliant work.