Leeds United look set to enter talks with Leeds City Council over the potential of building a new training ground in the city, it was announced on Tuesday.
United announced on their official website that a report recommending that the council enter into formal discussions with the Elland Road club regarding the development of a new club training ground in the city is set to be discussed by senior councillors next week.
If it is given the green light, talks will begin about a new training ground, academy and community sports village being built at one of two sites, either the former Matthew Murray High School site in south Leeds or the Fullerton Car Park at Elland Road.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay explained it is a “long-term project” that is in the “very early stages” but is a clear indication of owner Andrea Radrizzani’s intention to leave the club’s current Thorp Arch headquarters.
Very early stages and a long-term project but it’s another indication of Leeds + Radrizzani’s intention to leave Thorp Arch. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 10, 2017
Leeds’ overhaul continues at a dizzying pace. Change on and off the pitch has been massive since Radrizzani took sole ownership, including the £20million deal to buy back Elland Road and 16 senior summer signings. The tycoon has now sanctioned a deal for Leeds to build a state-of-the-art training headquarters to replace Thorp Arch, for which they have a lease that runs until October 2029. Supporters will be delighted at yet further proof that Radrizzani has a long-term vision to revamp a club that has trod water for the last decade-and-a-half.