Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he will allow Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to return home to Argentina if he wishes.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Leeds owner revealed that he will have a meeting with Bielsa this week and will “leave him the freedom to decide whether to stay or go to his family” back in South America.
However, while speaking in a Q&A session on Wednesday, The Athletic’s Phil Hay has reported that Bielsa is likely to decline that offer from Radrizzani for a couple of reasons.
When asked if Bielsa would return to Argentina, the ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist said: “I very much doubt it a) because travel is so restricted and so many flights to South America are cancelled but b) because they won’t want to be caught elsewhere if the season springs into life.
“I gather that Bielsa is keeping his staff busy, with work and projects. He never really rests and, as a result, neither do they. But I can imagine they’re all feeling a long way from home at the moment.
“It’ll be a concerning time for them and others at the club, like Victor Orta who has family in Spain.”
Chelsea have allowed Willian to return home to Brazil this week to be with his family so there must be a way that players can go back to their home nations.
As far as we’re aware, none of Leeds’ overseas players have flown back to their families so Bielsa is unlikely to do that so he can keep on top of their fitness and training programmes from home.
Bielsa is a meticulous schemer and this period without training is bound to be something he cannot stand.
And that is why he is likely staying at home, keeping in constant contact with his players and coaching staff to ensure that everything is going as well as it can.
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