By Nick Ware

23rd Nov, 2021 | 9:15am

Journalist: Diego Martinez rejects Elche job, could make Leeds United move in 2022

Leeds United-linked manager Diego Martinez has rejected the chance to take over at La Liga side Elche, according to Elche Directo.

The Spanish news outlet claims the 40-year-old has snubbed the managerless club as he wants to manage in England, specifically the Premier League.

Spanish journalist Rafael Lamelas moots a 2022 move to Elland Road as a possibility if Marcelo Bielsa leaves Leeds.

Writing via his personal Twitter profile, Lamelas said: “Diego again says no to another team. Expect England (maybe Leeds if Bielsa leaves at the end of the season) or a ‘main course’.”

The Athletic’s Adam Leventhal recently suggested Martinez as the Whites’ next boss while Ondacero reported in April that he was being eyed by the club.

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Despite winning just two Premier League games out of a possible 12 this season, there appears little desire from Leeds supporters to see Bielsa leave the club any time soon.

The Argentine has retained his popularity despite the team’s struggles this season, with injuries causing huge disruption to his plans.

However, given his history and short terms at clubs, there is always the possibility that Bielsa will leave sooner rather than later.

The Whites hierarchy have to be prepared for every eventuality, and Bielsa calling it a day is one of those.

Thus, one would expect the club to have a shortlist of candidates to succeed him.

Martinez may be in the running after a successful three-year spell with Granada that ended earlier this year.

He led the La Liga side to the quarter-finals of the Europa League last season, where they were eliminated by Manchester United.

The Spaniard certainly sounds open to a Premier League move, so it may be one to keep an eye on.

But, for now, Leeds supporters are firmly focused on Bielsa.

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