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Crowe doesn't rule out buying Leeds

Hollywood star Russell Crowe has not ruled out buying Leeds United, saying "let's just see how it goes".

Last month the 50-year-old Gladiator and Noah actor ramped up speculation that he may be interested bidding for the club he has followed since he was a child when he asked his 1.6 million Twitter followers whether or not he should do it.

United fan Samwild90 wrote to Crowe saying: "Please buy Leeds. In need of help!" and Crowe retweeted the message, adding the comment "Anybody else think this is a good idea?"

Now, in an interview for ITV's Good Morning Britain to be aired next week, he said: "Since I was a little kid, Leeds has been my club.

"I love the club and I want nothing but success for the club, so I have a simple fan perspective.

"But I don't want to put any pressure on the current administration, I never sort of said that to put a rocket up their backside but I think it worked anyway but that wasn't intentional and it's not for sale at this point in time."

But pressed by presenter Ben Shephard on whether he would buy the club if it was for sale, Crowe said: "Well let's just see how it goes.

"The one thing that I'd have to really examine is the work life balance because that would be a lot of effort and it wouldn't be - you do not go in and turn these things round in six months. You don't get success on the field just by spending money."

He said: "It's a culture thing you know. But (club president) Massimo Cellino, he seems like a guy who, the first set of ideas that he has applied, they're good, they're solid.

"You can see that there is some movement forward but I'm like the rest of the grassroots of Leeds fans mate. Come on!"

Crowe made the comments during an interview with Shephard ahead of the release of his new movie The Water Diviner. It will air on ITV's Good Morning Britain next Wednesday.

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