Marcelo Bielsa 'is set to sign a new deal as Leeds boss'

Marcelo Bielsa ‘is set to sign a new deal as Leeds boss’ after guiding the Whites to Premier League safety with the Argentine ‘totally committed’ at Elland Road amid fears he could quit when his contract expires this month

  • Marcelo Bielsa is on the verge of agreeing a new deal with Leeds, reports claim 
  • The veteran Argentine has mastermined Premier League survival this season 
  • Bielsa only agrees year-to-year deals with his current one expiring this month
  • But he remains ‘totally committed’ to the club after an impressive campaign 

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is close to putting pen to paper on a new contract with the club, according to reports. 

The Argentine has earned hero status at Elland Road after guiding them back to the promised land of the Premier League after a 16-year absence before confidently securing survival, with the team on course for a top ten finish.

Leeds have earned a host of admirers with their high-octane attacking style of play under Bielsa, and the veteran coach remains ‘totally committed’ to the cause and believes the squad can improve further, as reported by the Telegraph.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is set to sign a new deal at the club, according to reports

The Argentine confidently guided the club to safety in their first season back in the top flight

Bielsa only signs year-to-year contracts and his current one is set to expire at the end of the season, but the club have ‘no concerns’ and are ‘completely relaxed’ about the situation, the report adds. It says the boss is in talks with owner Andrea Radrizzani and already making plans for next season. 

He feels ‘happy and settled’ in Leeds and while he is yet to officially sign a new contract, the club see their coach as ‘a man of honour’ and are confident they will be able to wrap up the proceedings after the last game of the season.

The 65-year-old joined Leeds in 2018 as a manager with a fiersome reputation and an attractive style of play, but his side agonisingly missed out on promotion as they were beaten in the play-off semi-finals in his first season.

Bielsa is ‘totally committed’ to the cause at Leeds and the club are not concerned about an exit

He has been in constant communication with owner Andrea Radrizzani over a new contract

There were rumours Bielsa could leave England after the frustrating campaign but agreed to sign on for another year – and his second season in 2019-20 saw the team cruise to promotion as they finished as champions – 10 points clear of West Brom.

With fans jubilant after such a long time away from the top flight, the Argentine even had a street named after him in the city. 

Led by the goalscoring heroics of Patrick Bamford, Bielsa continued the team’s momentum this season with 15 wins, five draws and 15 defeats to brush off concerns of a return to the Championship. They currently sit on 50 points with three games remaining.

Bielsa, who has previously managed Argentina, Chile, Atletico Bilbao and Marseille, has had one drawback this season – his inability to speak English.

The veteran coach earned himself hero status at Leeds after securing promotion last season

He admitted the language barrier has hindered him during his time in England, even though he is still able to bark some instructions in English from the touchline.

‘One of my big deficits through my passage in English football is not to be able to communicate in the language that everybody speaks.

‘In one way it debilitates me, the fact that I haven’t been able to learn how to speak English,’ he said. ‘One of the bigger tools that a coach has is to transmit his message through his words. 

‘If there’s something I like to do, and it’s taken me a long time, is to lend the significance and the definition of words and to say in the most simple way, without losing the richness, of what I want to say.

‘Because it’s so difficult for me to talk in Spanish, to express my ideas simply and briefly, the decision I took not to do this in another language that wasn’t mine.’ 

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