Marcelo Bielsa still hasn’t signed a new contract with Leeds United and the Premier League campaign gets underway in eight days time.
There’s not been any concern from the Leeds end and Bielsa has been taking training sessions.
Leeds have also broken their transfer record, signing Valencia striker Rodrigo as well as Freiburg centre-back Robin Koch – another hint that all is okay.
Athletic journalist Phil Hay said the situation was “unusual” but claimed the club and Bielsa were “essentially” in agreement.
I know it's unusual. If what we're being told is correct (and I've no reason to doubt that it is) then it's just a case of him crossing t's and dotting i's very slowly. The club have been saying for weeks that they're essentially in agreement.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) September 3, 2020
According to La Nacion, the hold-up is the length of the contract.
The report claims that Leeds want him to sign a two-year deal, whereas Bielsa wants his usual one-year contract.
There’s no suggestion that this is a major problem and the report claims that Bielsa is expected to be in the dugout for the game against Liverpool next Saturday.
Bielsa – 12 months
Bielsa signs one-year deals. That’s what he’s done since he joined Leeds and we can’t see any reason why that would change.
We can see why Leeds would want to tie him down to a longer contract.
Bielsa is absolutely key to everything that’s happening at the club and its recent success.
But it also wouldn’t make that much of a difference in the scheme of things.
If Bielsa wants to leave Leeds then he’ll leave. He’s in a position where he can pretty much name his terms at Leeds and one-year deals seem to suit him.
It means he can take stock at the end of each season and ensure both him and the club are on the same page.
It’s been said that it’s just ‘details’ that are left to be sorted out, so on that level, this report makes sense. However, if Bielsa says he wants a 12-month deal then it doesn’t really leave much room for discussion.
There’s no cause for concern. Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth said Bielsa would be at Anfield: “He’s devoted to making Leeds United players better and improving the team and when they travel to Anfield on September 12 he and his padded blue bucket will be there.”
And we’re absolutely sure of it too.
However, a signed and sealed contract would be good in the near future. It will have to be sorted before the start of the season.
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