Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that the club have made preparations for Marcelo Bielsa’s exit if he cannot agree to a new deal.
The Argentine manager, who first became Leeds manager in the summer of 2018, famously doesn’t like to commit to long-term contracts – with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
Radrizzani, though hopeful that Bielsa will recommit himself to the Whites, has revealed that he is not relying solely on that optimism.
Talking to CBS Sports, Radrizzani said: “If he [Bielsa] stays, we are really delighted to continue. If the group is happy with him, I am also happy and we should continue.
“So, it’s up to him. We wait on his decision but in any case, myself and Victor [Orta] have already analysed the options and what to do in case Marcelo does not want to be with us. We hope he will continue but in any case we are preparing the club.
“I believe this team is not finished yet, Marcelo as well. They need to come and enjoy Elland Road with the fans in the Premier League. It’s what he deserves as a manager, and it’s a unique experience.”
Better not be prepared than not
Given all that he has done for the club over the past seasons, Bielsa should absolutely be seen as a key signing for Leeds to make this summer.
In spite of this though, it’s definitely not a bad thing to be prepared in case the Argentine does decides he wants to move away from Elland Road.
We know that he has family in Argentina and the Covid pandemic is making things very hard for Bielsa in that regard.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay claims that those close to Bielsa are confident that he has plans to remain in his current post, which is obviously a huge relief it the manager does end up recommitting.
Leeds have enjoyed success in their first season back in the top flight, with the Whites currently sitting just below mid table. Bielsa certainly appears to be the right man to ensure that the club continues to progress, so fingers crossed that he signs a new deal soon.
In other Leeds United news, Patrick Bamford has mocked VAR after his goal against Wolves on Friday night was ruled out for offside.