Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa could soon be lifting cups as the face of Yorkshire Tea.
The Argentine coach, 65, still barely speaks a word of English after landing the job two years ago.
And he was unfamiliar with our love of a brew.
But now the eccentric boss – renowned for watching matches perched on an upturned bucket on the touchline – admits he’s rapidly warming to teabags rather than coffee beans since taking over the Elland Road hotseat.
Staff at the newly-promoted Premier League club say Bielsa, who lives near Wetherby Racecourse in West Yorkshire, sips several cups a day.
He told one newspaper in Argentina: “It is true I am learning the way of life since moving to England.
“Everybody drinks a lot of tea and I am finding myself enjoying this too.”
Yorkshire Tea bosses believe he would be ideal to promote their brand.
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Spokesman Ben Newbury said: “The fact that Mr Bielsa insists on a proper brew cements his status as an honorary Yorkshireman.
“Being a strategic genius is thirsty work, so we’re not surprised he gets through plenty of tea every day.”
A Leeds United source added: “When he first arrived he was very much a coffee drinker, but he’s slowly developed a real taste for Yorkshire Tea and drinks it both at work and at home. He would be a great ambassador for it.”
The drink, produced by Taylor’s of Harrogate since 1977, is the most popular brand of black tea in the UK and boasts celeb fans including rocker Noel Gallagher and comedian Alan Carr.
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