Following the news that Leeds United are to return to the Premier League following a 16 year absence, Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “I would like to pass on my huge congratulations to Marcelo and the team in returning Leeds United back to their rightful place in the Premier League!

“This is a truly outstanding achievement and also at the same time an extremely poignant one in a season where the club celebrated its centenary birthday and also very sadly lost three club legends in Norman Hunter, Trevor Cherry and Jack Charlton.

“Under the expert and meticulous eye of Marcelo, Leeds have proved without doubt that they are a truly outstanding team and more than worthy of promotion this season. Whilst the statistics speak for themselves in terms of the team's performances, it is also the fantastic style of football they have played which has really caught the eye and rightfully received so many wonderful plaudits.

“As everyone knows, the club has experienced some very turbulent times both on and off the pitch since leaving the Premier League in 2004. Owner Andrea, chief executive Angus and all the team therefore deserve immense credit for the work that they done since taking ownership of Leeds United which has been superb. The results are of course there to see on the pitch, but what they have also done off it is put the club back where it should always be - right at the heart of our city and communities. From our perspective as a council, we look forward to this positive relationship continuing to grow with the club in the future.

“Last but very much not least, a special mention to Leeds United’s amazing and loyal fans, who deserve this moment more than anyone. Their support has and continues to be absolutely tremendous, and as a fan myself, I cannot wait to join them and see Leeds back in the top-flight and taking on the best there is.”

Adding to Judith's comments, The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Eileen Taylor, said: “On behalf of the city, I would like to offer Leeds United my warmest congratulations on promotion to the Premier League.

“Leeds United is woven into the very fabric of our great city, and is a name that I know through my time as Lord Mayor resonates not just across the United Kingdom, but right around the world. It is wonderful therefore that we are able to say once again that Leeds is the home to a Premier League club and I wish them continued success.”