Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he hopes the Whites will be in a position to compete with the Premier League’s top clubs within five years.
Leeds ended a 16-year absence from the top flight in July after finally securing promotion from the Championship.
They are set to play their first game back in the Premier League on Saturday when they travel to Anfield to take on champions Liverpool.
And after making some impressive signings ahead of the new campaign, there is hope at Elland Road that the club will enjoy another successful year on the pitch.
But Radrizzani has attempted to play down initial expectations, insisting the focus must be on survival for the next couple of seasons.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “The first two years it is very important we stay in the Premier League. It is very difficult, the level is higher as the statistics show.
“Most of the time, one or two of the clubs promoted are relegated the following year, so we need to be careful.
“We need to invest in good players and keep the vibrant energy of this city and the positivity of this city to influence and impact on the pitch. I hope we can stay in the Premier League for another two years.”
However, Radrizzani also offered an insight into one of his longer-term goals for Leeds. The Italian revealed he wants them to be finishing towards the top of the table in the not too distant future.
“After that first cycle of two years I think we will be ready to step up and close the gap with the bigger teams,” he continued.
“Obviously my objective, if I look at a period of three to five years, is to be just behind the top six.”
Leeds last finished in the top half of the Premier League in the 2001/02 season. Their decline began soon after that though, with the West Yorkshire club suffering relegation just two years later.
Reported Leeds target attracting plenty of interest
In other news, a striker who has been linked with Leeds is reportedly being looked at by five other Premier League sides.
Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi was linked with the Whites in August with the Belgian expected to depart Stamford Bridge. Having worked with Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille, the 26-year-old was tipped to reunite with the Argentine coach at Elland Road.
However, talk of that move has gone quiet after Rodrigo was signed and Batshuayi could now head elsewhere.
According to Foot Mercato, Crystal Palace, Newcastle, West Ham, Brighton and West Brom are all keen.
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