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Exclusive: Dean Windass says Ryan Bertrand won’t appeal to Marcelo Bielsa

Exclusive: Dean Windass says Ryan Bertrand won’t appeal to Marcelo Bielsa - Leeds United News

Not many managers would turn down a Champions League winner on a free transfer, but Dean Windass believes that Marcelo Bielsa would.

Ryan Bertrand won Europe’s elite competition with Chelsea nine years ago but is soon to be a free agent once his Southampton contract expires, having confirmed that he won’t be extending his deal.

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The left-back has unsurprisingly attracted major interest from the Premier League, with both Arsenal, who failed in their attempts back in January, and Leicester both keen on signing the 31-year-old.

But with two of Leeds’ three left-backs in Ezgjan Alioski and Barry Douglas both out of contract, Bielsa will no doubt be looking to provide back-up in that department.

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Should those two leave Elland Road this summer, Dallas would be their recognised senior player in that position, and having already shown that he’s more than capable of playing further forward, it could force Bielsa to dip into the market.

But Windass told The Transfer Tavern that the Leeds boss will be looking for players in a lower age bracket than Bertrand:

“I don’t think Bielsa will go for a 31-year-old. 24 up to 28 he will be looking at.

“If he is available, he won’t be short of any offers because he’s been there seven or eight years because he’s a nice lad and very consistent.”


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