By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

7th Jul, 2021 | 8:10am

Paul Robinson reacts as Bielsa leaves Leeds United door open for Flores return

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Paul Robinson is baffled as to why Marcelo Bielsa would be open to seeing ex-assistant Diego Flores return to Elland Road.

LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross has reported that Flores left Leeds after the promotion-winning season in order to go travelling.

Flores served as both Bielsa’s assistant manager and translator but he’s since been replaced.

However, writing on the LeedsLive website, Cross claims Bielsa has “left the door open” for Flores to come back to the club although he has reservations about whether the ex-assistant would want to.

Robinson doesn’t feel as though he’s needed after the chemistry that was forged last season in the Premier League.

“I’m just surprised he’d want someone in who was happy to leave in the first place,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

The coaching staff there seemed to be good, it seemed to be settled so I can’t see why he’d bring someone back who he was happy to let go.

Robinson then joked about Bielsa’s ability to speak English and his current translator Andres Clavijo.

He added: “We don’t want to criticise the guy who’s his translator now unless he’s not been translating in the right way because we all know Bielsa speaks more English than he lets on.

“He picks his translator up on quite a few things.”

It remains to be seen whether Flores does actually come back to Leeds but there’s no doubt Bielsa will find a spot for his former ally should he choose to return.

He left rather quietly last summer but as is usually the case with Bielsa, he likes to keep things under wraps.

In other Leeds United news, here’s what a Spanish journalist has shared about the timescale of Junior Firpo’s arrival.