Speaking to Gianluca Di Marzio, Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he wanted to appoint ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte before opting for current manager Marcelo Bielsa – with the Italian hinting that he was ‘sure‘ they’d go up.
Radrizzani, who bought a 50% share in the club back in January 2017, taking over from the controversial Massimo Cellino, has claimed that he was considering former Italy and Juventus boss Conte for the managerial role at Elland Road.
His compatriot, who has coached at the very highest level of European and international football, isn’t exactly short of prestigious honours – having won Serie A and the Premier League over his managerial career. Conte also has some experience guiding teams to the top flight of their country’s respective divisions, leading Italian club Bari to Serie A promotion back in 2009.
Now, speaking to Di Marzio, owner Radrizzani has claimed that he did consider the 50-year-old – claiming that he could have paid Conte ‘20 million‘ to join the Yorkshire outfit. However, after meeting with current boss Bielsa, the Italian knew that he was the right fit.
After nearly guiding the Whites to promotion last campaign, depending on how the EFL choose to finish this season, it looks like Bielsa could very well be successful in his hunt for a Premier League climb this time round.
Even though Leeds didn’t swoop for Conte in the end, Bielsa has proved to be a prestigious coup himself – becoming a real fan favourite in Yorkshire. Indeed, judging by overall results since his appointment in the summer of 2018, Radrizzani’s choice seems to have paid dividends.
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