'The Damned United are back' - Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani pens exclusive open letter to fans in YEP

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani.Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has written to Elland Road supporters exclusively in the Yorkshire Evening Post following the end of the Premier League campaign.

Dear Leeds United supporters,

I hope you and your loved ones are doing well in what has been a difficult year for everyone.

Our first season in the Premier League after 16 years has come to a close and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made it a successful and unforgettable one.

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I will start with Marcelo and the players who were truly inspirational in the commitment they showed, the football they played and the joy they gave us.

All of you always give 100% for this club and it’s fair to say that not only did your style of football entertain Leeds United fans at home and abroad, but you also left your mark on anyone who loves football around the world.

Speaking of our fans, I have to say that you were dearly missed throughout the season. However, even if you couldn’t come to Elland Road, you still showed your support, your faith and your love for this club however and whenever you could, and that is greatly appreciated.

Of course what we achieved on and off the pitch could not have been possible without the leadership of the Leeds United management team and dedication of our staff at the stadium and training centre.

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Thank you Angus, Victor, Adam and all of our workforce for the long hours and all the sacrifices you made. I would also like to show my appreciation for our club sponsors and partners, new and old, throughout what was a challenging year.

And it was challenging in many ways. For professional and financial reasons, but especially for emotional ones as many of us lost loved ones to the pandemic. The Leeds family lost great fans, beacons in our community and legends like Norman Hunter and Peter Lorimer.

As we look to the future, I am confident that we have built the foundation for something bigger, and if we continue to work and believe like we have in the last two seasons, why not dream of returning to those memorable midweek matches in Europe?

We have shown that the Damned United are back and the sky's the limit.

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As the curtains close on this campaign, I have felt more than ever that this is indeed a special club and I would like all of us to take a minute to realise what it means to BE LEEDS and to be proud of it.

Last but not least, I send a special thank you to Pablo and Berra, two fantastic boys and players who will be remembered in years to come as legends of the class of 2020 who led us back to the Premier League after nearly two decades of frustration.

Good luck with your next chapter in life and remember YOU ARE Leeds always.

Yours faithfully,

Andrea Radrizzani