Former Leeds United striker urges current owner to put the best interests of the club first regarding QSI takeover
Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has urged current owner Andrea Radrizzani to ‘step aside’ for a Qatar takeover if it means the club receives huge injections of money as reported by Football Insider.
There has been much speculation of a takeover of the Yorkshire giants and Whelan believes that a cash investment could increase the potential of the Championship club and push them on to the next level.
Radrizzani revealed in October he was considering an offer from QSI (Qatar Sports Investment) but is now thought to be having second thoughts and wanting to keep his stake in the club.
The discussions regarding the size of the investment have suggested that Leeds could become ‘the next Manchester City’ should all go to plan.
Whelan has given his views and said: “Get the best possible deal for Leeds United. He shouldn’t cling on to try and control the club, with Qatar as minority shareholders. If you step aside, you must step aside fully.”
“If Qatar, or any other investor, plans to pump in a massive amount of money they want to to own the club themselves and do it their own way.”
“Leeds could be a massive club with the right investment. It’s a one-city club with the fan base, history and support to be off the scale. Leeds could be a special place to be in the coming years, but they need to get in the Premier League, first.”
The decision by Radrizzani could have huge implications on Leeds United and their progression and it will be interesting to see how it all unfolds.