Marcelo Bielsa could be set for an extended stay at Elland Road with the Leeds United boss fully committed and heavily involved in talks over the club’s summer transfer plans.
That is according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay who has detailed the discussions that have taken place in the Leeds boardroom over a revamp of the squad ahead of a likely second successive Premier League campaign next season.
Bielsa has been a breath of fresh air since he waltzed into West Yorkshire in June 2018 and set about changing the fortunes of this historic club but his contract expires this summer and there has been a great deal of uncertainty surrounding his future.
But Hay’s latest update should offer some comfort to fearful fans of the Whites.
After play-off heartache in the first season Bielsa made a mockery of those doubters who said his side would run out of gas as they blitzed the 2019/20 Championship to gain a return to the Premier League after a 16-year absence.
The progression has continued as the Whites have comfortably adapted to life with the elite and currently sit in mid-table and eyeing up a top-10 finish while maintaining the thrilling and theatrical style of football that has won the club so many admirers around the globe.
As such the news from Hay will be welcomed with open arms by Leeds United supporters who have been treading carefully, worried that Bielsa would call it quits sooner rather than later.
But Hay says that ‘El Loco’ and Victor Orta have already begun exchanging views on the summer business Leeds should be doing to ensure that they continue on their journey of rapid improvement and plot their way back among the European elite to recall the modern heydays of Champions League nights at Elland Road at the turn of this century.
Hay cites a source as saying Bielsa is ‘more and more in the long game’ as he bids to transform his reputation of club-hopper and lay down soon roots.
He also says that while negotiations are never easy with the 65-year-old, as proven by the protracted nature of last summer’s contract saga, the clauses put in place during those discussions should make things a little easier this time around.
Hay also quoted an Argentinian journalist who said: “The Leeds project maintains absolute commitment from all sides.”
Best signing of the century
Right…are we allowed to get excited now?
We don’t want to jump the gun and tempt fate but this is exciting news that should bring joy to all Leeds United fans.
Bielsa is a legendary figure who has single-handedly transformed us from perennial Championship failures to competing at the highest level with a style of play that is so refreshing and easy on the eye.
To think the likes of Dave Hockaday and Steve Evans were ruling the roost at Elland Road less than seven years ago we really have come a remarkable distance in a relatively short amount of time.
Of course, we must plan for the future and start identifying potential Bielsa successors for years to come but to know that he is set on staying where he is for a while longer gives us some vital stability that we have been sorely lacking over recent times.
There’s a plan in place and it looks like Bielsa will be there to see it through.
You can’t ask for better news than that.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay gives verdict on Whites reported move for £50m-rated winger.