If the season runs past the end of June then Marcelo Bielsa will remain in charge of Leeds United to see it out, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Bielsa’s current deal at Elland Road expires on June 30 but it is extremely likely that the Championship campaign will not be concluded until at least July.

However, although the Argentine could technically walk away from Leeds in the summer, he is not going to until there is a conclusion for the currently-suspended 2019/20 season.

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Gaetano Berardi’s contract also expires on the same day as Bielsa’s while loan deals also share the same cut-off point.

Ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Hay admits that the future is murkier for the players than it is Bielsa.

“Leeds would have to negotiate an extension with Berardi (or alternatively a new deal altogether) but in terms of the loans, I’d expect a blanket agreement across the leagues about them,” said Hay via a live Q&A session on The Athletic website on Thursday.

“Most sides stand to suffer if loanees return so it would make no sense not to extend the agreements.

“Bielsa’s deal obviously ends on June 30 too but I’m told that he’ll be here to see this all out.”

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We expected as much from the boss.

Bielsa is a great manager and he is also a great man. He was never going to leave Leeds while their bid for promotion was left in limbo due to the coronavirus pandemic.

We hope that an agreement can be reached to extend Berardi’s deal and the Whites can get their loan stars to stay past June 30.

Imagine having to complete the rest of the season without Bielsa, Ben White and Jack Harrison.

That is a scary thought.

In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton has responded to Leeds’ promotion threat from Norwich.


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