Marcelo Bielsa might be inclined to stay at Leeds United if Andrea Radrizzani sells up the Yorkshire club during the Argentine’s reign in charge.
Although there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the state of the 2019/20 football season, leaving Leeds’ promotion bid in a state of limbo, Bielsa’s contract at Elland Road is due to expire at the end of June.
It remains to be seen what will happen with contracts but for now, we have to take it that Bielsa could still leave the club in the summer.
The general feeling is that if Leeds go up, Bielsa will stay but if they fail in their bid for promotion from the Championship, he might leave.
There is another factor in whether or not the Argentine could stay or go and that is the future of owner Radrizzani, who brought Leeds from Massimo Cellino in 2017 and hired the ex-Marseille boss a year later.
It has been widely reported that the Qatar Sports Investment group are interested in a takeover of the Yorkshire giants.
The Times reported in October that Radrizzani had held talks about a possible sale of the club to QSI with three offers being tabled.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has more recently reported that “Premier League football opens up a real possibility of investment” at Elland Road, so going up could spark fresh interest from QSI as they aim to take over an English club.
Now, The Athletic’s Phil Hay has discussed how a takeover would affect Bielsa’s role at the club in a live Q&A session on the news outlet’s website.
The ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist said: “I don’t think money would be the key factor for [Bielsa]. As long as he felt he could work with a new owner and have a transfer system which suited his needs, I’m sure he’d be content.
“If he was being told who to sign or to take players for big fees simply to make headlines then it wouldn’t sit comfortably with him. But anyone employing Bielsa should know what he expects of them.”
It is quite encouraging to know that Bielsa may be receptive to having a new boss in charge of him if Radrizzani does sell up to someone like QSI.
Bielsa is not someone who’s going to be happy with being told what to do but any new owner of Leeds would see the job he’s done there and do their best to give him what he needs and to keep him happy.
In other Leeds United news, Barry Douglas has been raving about this Elland Road ace.