By David Woods

4th Aug, 2020 | 8:43am

Phil Hay delivers Bielsa update, expects Leeds to confirm major loan signing this week

Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that while “Bielsa contracts always take time” everybody involved still “expects it to get done”. 

Hay also said that Jack Harrison’s loan deal from Man City should be finalised this week.

In terms of other deals, he said Leeds are “waiting for other things to fall into place”.

Hay delivered the update on his personal Twitter page on Tuesday morning, with fans desperate for news on Bielsa.

Bielsa the big one

Getting the Bielsa deal done will be a huge weight off Leeds fans’ minds.

It’s hard to imagine him leaving after seeing how happy he was at winning the Championship with Leeds, but confirmation is key.

Bielsa is a manager who keeps his feelings under wraps on the touchline but he let it all out on the pitch when Leeds were presented with the trophy.

And with targets identified and deals being done, like Harrison, it seems like it’s just a matter of time.

His current deal must be nearly up, though, after it was extended following the late finish to the Championship.

Bielsa is a different sort of person – an old-school man where integrity and keeping your word is key.

Leeds sporting director Victor Orta said he wasn’t scared at all about Bielsa leaving in an interview conducted in LaTercera over the weekend and that’s good enough for us.

As for Harrison, we’re expecting big things from the Man City player in the Premier League this season.

His permanent option has been kicked down the road for a year but he is expected to be a permanent Leeds player this time next year.

Leeds United had an option to sign him for £8m this summer but have renegotiated this to £10m for next year, effectively paying a £2m loan fee to Man City this season.

We think that’s money well spent and if delaying his permanent signing for a year helps bring other players in, we’re all for the new set-up.

In other Leeds United news, Reliable journo: Bielsa wants to sign £18m-rated 23y/o CB, dubbed best in Eredivisie by DiMarzio