Reliable journalist details key development in Leeds-Bielsa contract talks
Leeds United have the option to extend Marcelo Bielsa’s contract by a further 12 months, according to Mirror journalist David Anderson.
Writing on the Mirror website, Anderson says that the Whites are “quietly confident” that Bielsa will agree to stay on at Elland Road after leading the club to the Championship title and promotion back to the Premier League.
It is understood that Leeds can trigger an option to extend Bielsa’s contract until the end of next season and talks over doing that are progressing well with the Argentine’s camp, Victor Orta and Angus Kinnear.
Bielsa’s brother Rafael handles all of the Leeds manager’s contract negotiations and Anderson adds that “money is not an issue”.
This is such an important update because up until now, we hadn’t seen anything about Leeds having the opportunity to trigger a 12-month extension to Bielsa’s contract.
It effectively means that the Argentine will be staying put in West Yorkshire until at least the end of next season.
Getting Bielsa’s future sorted is no doubt Leeds’ number one priority at the moment.
He is the man who made all of this happen and ensuring that he is on board for the club’s first season back in the Premier League in 16 years is bound to be top of Andrea Radrizzani’s list.
After that, it has to be transfers.
We doubt there’ll be many ins and outs as Bielsa is a massive fan of consistency but there is the Jean-Kevin Augustin situation that needs addressing, as well as Kiko Casilla’s future and whether or not a successful bid can be made to sign Ben White permanently from Brighton.
In an ideal world, Augustin will stay in Germany, Casilla will be anywhere but Elland Road and White will be starting alongside Liam Cooper at centre-back on the first day of next season.
However, if Leeds fans have learned anything in their 16 years outside of the Premier League, this is far from an ideal world.