Marcelo Bielsa due to make Leeds United decision soon as Fenerbahce demands laid out
Marcelo Bielsa has laid out his demands to Fenerbahce as the Turkish giants look to poach him from Leeds United, according to Sabah Spor.
The Turkish news outlet claims the Argentine has requested a two-year contract and a £4.7million annual salary to take over at Fenerbahce, who have identified him and ex-Everton boss Marco Silva as prime candidates to fill their vacant managerial role.
Bielsa is reportedly one of the “dream coaches” of president Ali Koc, and the Leeds man will make a decision on his future “in the coming days”, with his Leeds contract set to expire this month.
Speculation is going to ensue until the day Bielsa actually puts pen to paper and an official announcement has been officially made by Leeds United.
It’s something we’ve become accustomed to with Bielsa who has a very different way of dealing with contracts.
El Loco prefers to bide his time and concentrate on the football before assessing the situation at the end of the season, that’s just the way the football-mad 65-year-old is. It would give us more peace of mind and clarity if he wasn’t like that, but we’ve learned to take the rough with the smooth with Bielsa, and he more than makes up for it with the football we play on the pitch.
There has been no suggestion that Bielsa will leave Leeds in the lurch, with the Guardian reporting last month that the club were confident that he would sign another 12-month rolling contract.
High-profile clubs are always likely to be interested in his signature, and there might be a slight temptation on his part to look for a project like Fenerbahce’s, another ‘fallen giant’ looking to restore its identity.
But Bielsa has plenty left to achieve at Leeds and we just cannot see him leaving this summer.
In other Leeds United news, Graham Smyth delivers significant Raphinha-Liverpool update amid Whites exit talk.