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Orta lays out European ambitions for Leeds: But it's a long way off

Leeds United football chief Victor Orta says reaching Europe is a major target.

Orta knows the size of the challenge, but that hasn't stopped him dreaming.

“It is as problematic to be too conservative as it is to be too ambitious," he told the Daily Telegraph. “I think Leeds have to consolidate the project, to be between 14th and 10th, to take steps to reach the top 10 on a regular basis in two years' time."

“It is complicated," he added when asked about Europe. “With the current business model in the Premier League, the top six is almost unattainable. Leicester and West Ham have broken through in recent years, but it's not easy. To be in the top 10 would already be a great success.

“I'd be delighted if something else comes along, like being able to play in the Conference League or, of course, the Europa League. I have that as a goal. Ever since I arrived, it's something I've been obsessing about. But it wouldn't be to do anything new, but to put the club in its place.

“We have stable shareholders and a way of working that does not put the club at risk. It is one of our keys. Nothing is going to change in the short term. I'm sure [chairman] Andrea Radrizzani is very happy here. He set himself five years to get promotion, and he got it in three. Now we have stayed in the Premier League these two years, and now we are trying to stabilise. We have used all the money from the sales to strengthen, and that speaks well of the owners."



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