Marcelo Bielsa will extend his stay as Leeds United manager beyond this season, according to former Whites striker Noel Whelan.
The Argentine has been a revelation at Elland Road since taking charge in the summer of 2018, guiding Leeds back into the Premier League.
Not only does Bielsa have his team playing an exciting brand of attacking, high-energy football, he has also connected with the fans off the pitch, being described as ‘priceless’ by The Athletic‘s Phil Hay.
There is uncertainty in the air regarding the 65-year-old’s future, however, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season and no new deal agreed as of yet.
Whelan convinced Bielsa will stay on
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan had no doubt over Bielsa extending his stay at the club:
“I am 100 per cent sure he will sign a new contract. Bielsa works in a different way to others and he needs to feel that he deserves a new contract before his signs it.
“I understand that it might be worrying to some people but they should not be worried. He is here, he has done a great job and he has only had one year in the Premier League. He will want to be here for another year – minimum.
“Every season we are improving. There is no doubt about it, when you look at managers and tacticians, there are not many better than Bielsa.
“He just wants to see the season out. He wants to finish as high as he can and then, and only then, he will think about himself. Right now he is thinking about the players, the club and winning football matches.
“This is the amazing thing about Marcelo Bielsa. Any other manager would take the cash right now and have the security. He is not bothered. He wants to do his job right first.
“There is no doubt about it, he will sign it. There is no worry there.”
Transfer Tavern take
Whelan’s comments will surely be music to the ears of Leeds fans everywhere, with Bielsa likely to be crucial to the club’s future success.
It would be a crying shame if he left just after re-establishing the Whites as a Premier League club, and there certainly seems a feeling that there is another chapter still to write during his time at Elland Road.
Bielsa won’t be around at Leeds forever, but even getting a few more seasons out of him would feel like an almighty positive given his vast influence over the past three years.
In other news, a former manager has been talking up the idea of Leeds signing a hugely experienced player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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