By Adefunmiloye Alani

24th Nov, 2021 | 8:40pm

Beren Cross: Zero chance Diego Martinez will be Bielsa's successor

Ex-Granada boss Diego Martinez has been linked with the Leeds United job, but Beren Cross claims he will not succeed Marcelo Bielsa.

The Leeds Live journalist was answering a fan during a Q and A session on the website on Wednesday afternoon, and he says he has been told that that 40-year-old is not in contention to take over once the Argentine leaves Elland Road.

Spanish outlet Super Deporte reported on Tuesday that Victor Orta has approached Martinez to take over from Bielsa, claiming he has jetted onto British soil and is ready to take charge next summer.

Cross replied when asked if there is any truth in the rumours: “No, I don’t believe there is.

“From what I am told, there is zero chance he will be Bielsa’s successor when the Argentine does eventually move on from Elland Road.”

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The Leeds head coach would have spent four seasons at the club at the end of the current campaign, and he could be looking to move on.

Even if he does not, Orta will definitely be preparing for Bielsa’s exit, and he will be keen to hire someone capable of taking the club to the next level.

Martinez wants to work in England, but it seems the Leeds chief is not looking to bring his fellow countryman to Elland Road.

The former Osasuna boss helped Granada to La Liga promotion before leaving in the summer and has been managing since 2006.

He has taken charge of Arenas Armilla, Motril, Sevilla C and Sevilla B, but the Whites could be looking for someone with a more impressive CV, and they definitely will not be short of options.

A couple of big names will be open to succeeding Bielsa, and when the time comes, Leeds will be careful about who they hand such a huge job.

In other Leeds United news, a major update on Whites January bid to sign attacker has been provided, with pen-to-paper imminent.