Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani keen to emulate Wolves after writing to EFL, FA and Premier League
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has confirmed he's written to the FA, Premier League and EFL to try and clarify Wolves' links with 'super-agent' Jorge Mendes, in an effort to emulate the success seen at Molineux.
Speaking with the BBC, Radrizzani opened up about the situation at Wolves, and also discussed the tweets sent from his account following the defeat to Nuno's side earlier this month.
"I want to understand the rules so I can act like them," he said, of Wolves.
"If it's possible I would do the same as it's been proven to be successful for the team. If not I will do as I did in the past, which I'm happy with too.
"They are playing great football and they are managed by a very good coach so they deserve to be top of the league regardless of money or investment,"
"It's an opportunity for me to clarify the rules because I want to build a successful team on the pitch like Wolverhampton.
"To do it I might need to have five or six players on loan from an important agent or important clubs in Europe. I need to understand if it's practical as I would like to do the same."
The Italian irked Wolves fans following a series of tweets immediately following Wolves' 3-0 win at Elland Road, in which he questioned the visitors' relationship with Mendes.
"We have our own problems but we should play in a fair competition." he tweeted.
"Not legal and fair let one team owned by a fund whom has shares in the biggest players' agency with evident benefits (top European clubs giving players with options to buy... why the other 23 teams can't have the same treatment?)"
"We should play all 24 with the same rules and opportunities. Congratulations to the best team but hope the league can be fair and equal to all 24 teams."
He later clarified his comments with a statement stating his 'respect' for Nuno Espirito Santo and that he only wanted to raise concerns regarding agencies influencing clubs which he believed could breach rules set-up by the EFL.
The 43-year-old confirmed that he'd sent a letter to the Premier League to gain further clarification on the matter.
"If I do something that is not contemplated by the Premier League I will lose my time to build something that is a success and then which maybe has to stop when I reach the Premier League." he said.
Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness also took to Twitter this month to further stoke the flames regarding Wolves and their actions behind the scenes, sharing a story regarding Paul Lambert's Molineux exit last summer.
Speaking exclusively to the Express & Star Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers, Wolves chairman Jeff Shi said that the actions of the club's direct rivals was laughable.
He went on to mention his surprise at Radrizzani's comments having met with the Italian before - claiming that the comments made by the Leeds owner may have come down to pressure on him following the club's recent poor form.
However, the Leeds owner disagreed with Shi's comments.
"There was much more pressure in the previous game against Middlesbrough - that was really our last call and the way we played and what the players showed in that game was really awful." he said.
"I was frustrated about my team before the game with Wolverhampton, which I went to with not much hope to be honest, because I understand they have another level of quality on the pitch.
"I used the occasion to raise something which nobody had given me attention about for months. Sadly, finally I got some attention."
"I'm very pleased I've done it [on Twitter]. I'm very tough and direct and I can't change myself. I never regret what I do whether it's good or bad.
"It looks like the wrong timing because it looks like I was trying to justify a bad defeat.
"I was frustrated for sure about the difference in quality between the two teams but that's the regulations. To get attention - that was my aim."
"I'm aware that other clubs have concerns about this, I hope they have someone else acting like this and coming out like me and to share the concerns with the league.
"It's something we need to understand and move on in respect of the rules."