Leeds ‘are quietly confident Marcelo Bielsa will agree a new contract at the end of the season’… but boss will not begin talks over deal until the summer
- Marcelo Bielsa will again wait until the summer to decide on his Leeds future
- The club remain confident that the 65-year-old will decide to extend his stay
- Bielsa doesn’t want his future to distract Leeds from their on-field objectives
Marcelo Bielsa will not begin talks over a new contract with Leeds until the end of the season.
The owners have been impressed with the club’s progress under Bielsa, following their promotion back to the Premier League after 16 years in the wilderness.
Leeds have made a strong start to life back in the top flight, and sit in 12th with 26 points with one half of the season still to be played.
Marcelo Bielsa will stick to his policy of waiting until the end of the season to decide his future
Leeds have made a strong start to life back in the Premier League after 16 years out
Now the Daily Mirror have reported that the 65-year-old won’t deter from his policy of waiting until the season is over, before beginning discussions over his future.
Bielsa is determined that the team focus 100 per cent on their on-field performances, and feels opening talks may provide as a distraction.
It is reported that Leeds are ‘quietly confident’ that Bielsa will commit to a further season at Elland Road.
The Argentinian has taken this stance over the previous two seasons – on both occasions deciding to extend his stay by a further year after the conclusion of the campaign.
Bielsa recently said: ‘I’m very comfortable living and managing in England. Annual contracts do not mean I am not open to staying here longer.’
The club are prepared to back Bielsa again in the transfer market at the end of the season.
Bielsa doesn’t want his future to distract from the club’s on-field objectives this campaign
It comes as NFL franchise the San Francisco 49ers increased their stake in the club from 15 to 37 per cent.
Paraag Marathe, the president of 49ers Enterprises who was already a member of the Yorkshire club’s board, is now vice-chairman following the investment.
Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani said: ‘We are delighted to welcome further investment into our club from 49ers Enterprises and I am confident that this latest partnership will help Leeds United continue to grow and develop into the team our supporters deserve.’
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