Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is set to take his first pre-match press conference of the new season today and there could be big news about to come.

With a new deal for Bielsa on the table but still unsigned, there are growing signs that this could be resolved very shortly.

A report from Varksy Sports, an outlet in Argentina, said that an official announcement would be made by Leeds shortly.

And now, Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that Bielsa and the club “are all but there now”.

Hay said, “Expecting to hear from Bielsa at his pre-Liverpool press conference later. It’s two months since he last spoke so there’s a lot to discuss… in terms of contract, we understand that he and Leeds are all but there now.”

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Bielsa centre stage at 1pm

Marcelo Bielsa is set to take to the stage at Thorp Arch at 1pm and we’re getting ever more hopeful that his new deal will be announced.

Bielsa likes to focus on the upcoming game in his press conferences and talk about his new deal will be an unwelcome distraction for him.

Even beyond the press conference, it’s definitely time for the new deal to be announced.

We don’t want anything to overshadow the preparations for the game against Liverpool on Saturday evening.

But we’re also very excited about hearing Bielsa speak today.

We don’t think he will do what he did last season in the Championship when he routinely gave his starting XI out. But he will definitely give hints as to whether new signings Rodrigo and Koch are likely to play any part.

Both could easily be on the bench despite costing a combined £40m.

You can listen to the press conference live on the official LUFC app.

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