Marcelo Bielsa has opened up on his future at Leeds, the club’s record signing Rodrigo, and his preparations to face champions Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Leeds will make their return to the top flight this weekend and face a baptism of fire against the reigning champions at Anfield, the newly-promoted side facing last season’s winners in the first test of their credentials.
The club’s promotion last season was masterminded by the experienced Bielsa who has been working on a rolling contract since his surprise appointment at Elland Road two years ago, though the Argentine tactician has confirmed he has signed an extension to continue at Leeds for the coming season.
“I will be working the next season at Leeds United. Everything has been sorted and it’s definite I will be here next season,” Bielsa said at his pre-match press conference.
“The club, the fans, the players, they all deserve to be playing in the Premier League.”
Bielsa’s side will arrive in the Premier League in confident mood after winning the Championship last term, though they could hardly have been given a more daunting opening assessment than a clash against Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool on Merseyside.
The Leeds boss was full of praise for the Reds who he described as ‘without a doubt one of the best teams in the world’, labelling this weekend’s opponents as a just champion for their performances last season.
“A just champion with a consistent style of play,” the Argentine said.
“Without a doubt one of the best teams in the world.”
Bielsa also spoke on the qualities of Klopp ahead of his meeting with the German on Saturday evening, admitting there is little praise he can add to the plaudits the Liverpool boss has received in recent seasons.
“The work Klopp has done everywhere has given him the chance to shine everywhere. Anything I added would be repeating the praise he has already rightly received.”
Leeds will be spearheaded this season by Spanish international forward Rodrigo, the 29-year-old arriving in a club-record £27m transfer from Valencia.
Bielsa is confident the player will prove to be a success after making the move to English football, pointing to the striker’s ‘extensive track record’ as evidence of his capabilities.
“He’s a very known player, he has extensive track record. He’s also a starter for an important nation in Europe. That defines him as a player.”