Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa was this afternoon drawn on speculation stemming from South America, suggesting that he has agreed on the terms of a new contract with the club.
Argentine tactician Bielsa of course represents a beloved figure in West Yorkshire.
The former Marseille and Lille boss has been on the bench at Elland Road since the summer of 2018, when he was chosen as the man to replace Paul Heckingbottom.
Bielsa has since gone on to endure a fine spell with the Whites, the crowning achievement of which saw him guide Leeds back to the Premier League last year, for the first time since 2004.
And the club’s showings in the top-flight, in turn, have seen them secure many an admirer, with the all-action stylings of ‘Bielsa ball’ having been on full display to this point in the campaign.
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As things stand, the Peacocks sit 10th in the Premier League table, just four points adrift of 7th-placed Tottenham.
As such, it goes without saying that, given the choice, the Leeds faithful would no doubt be in favour of their side moving forward with Bielsa on the club’s bench for the foreseeable future.
The South American’s current terms, though, are due to expire this summer.
It therefore came as a major boost to fans of the Yorkshire outfit when, last weekend, reports began to surface in his native Argentina that Bielsa was on the verge of putting pen to paper on a new two-year deal.
The 65-year-old, in turn, was inevitably drawn on such claims during his pre-Liverpool press conference this afternoon.
Bielsa, however, quickly labelled the information as ‘not real’, assuring that, once an update on his future is forthcoming, the media will be made fully aware:
Bielsa was asked about the reports in Argentina that he’s close to agreeing a new two-year deal with Leeds. “That information is not real. I ignore the origin. If there was any information to give then I would give it.” #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) April 15, 2021
This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.
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