Bielsa opens the door to an extension

At the end of the contract next June, Marcelo Bielsa still does not know if he will still be on the bench at Leeds next season. This leaves room for speculation …

Landed in 2018 at Leeds, then in Championship (2nd English division), Marcelo Bielsa put the club back on the map of European football. After taking the club to the Championship playoffs in 2018-19, he led Leeds in 2019-2020 to title in D2, and the rise to Premier League for the first time since 2004.

Linked to residents of Elland Road until June 2021, “El loco” did still not extended his contract, and doubt begins to settle at the club. We remember that after having validated the accession to the Premier League, Leeds had waited for weeks for Bielsa’s decision. And a few days before the resumption of the championship, the Argentinian had given his agreement. But the promoted does not wish to relive this situation: “If he stays, we will be delighted. He knows that we are happy to work with him. So it’s up to him to play. We are awaiting his decision but in any case, we will analyze the options and what to do if Marcelo no longer wants to be with us, ”said Andrea Radrizzani, owner of Leeds, on CBS Sports.

I will answer him before the end of the season

This Monday, the technician raised the question of his extension: “If the club wants an answer before the end of the season, I will answer him before the end of the season. I don’t intend to explore another option until my work in Leeds is completed, ”Bielsa told reporters. The former OM wanted to recall that he was not taking the club hostage, and that he was just as concerned as the leaders about a renewal of his contract: “The situation could suggest that the President offers me an extension and that I postpone it. You could therefore believe that the club wants me to stay more than myself. But this is not the case “.

However, Bielsa would still like to be patient before saying: “When you have a third of the season left to play, things can still happen that could affect your judgment. You have to keep that in mind, it’s my way of reasoning ”. Leeds are currently 12th in the Premier League, ten points clear of the red zone, on course to hold on. Bielsa has already broken his club longevity record, and he could improve it.

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