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Leeds closing in on securing Bielsa contract extension

Leeds are closing in on securing a new deal for Marcelo Bielsa with the manager out of contract at the end of the season.

Bielsa has proven a popular appointment after masterminding Leeds’ return to the Premier League following a 16-year absence, the Argentine guiding the club to promotion in 2019/20 before enjoying an impressive return to the top tier this season.

 

The 65-year-old’s future has been in doubt in recent months however, with Bielsa having only dealt in one-year contracts since his appointment at Elland Road in 2018.

Reports this week had linked Tottenham with a potential move for the former Athletic Bilbao and Lazio coach as the north London side seek a replacement for Jose Mourinho, though the Telegraph are reporting an agreement over a contract extension at Leeds is now close.

Bielsa is understood to remain committed to the project and is settled in west Yorkshire, believing there is still plenty of room for improvement in a side that has won plaudits for their expansive and attacking approach this season.

Leeds currently sit in the top half of the table with three games of the season remaining and there are hopes that the club can improve next term and push for European qualification.

Whilst no deal has yet been formally signed, the report says the hierarchy ‘do no anticipate there to be any problems’ with agreeing a new contract as Leeds look to build upon their strong return to the Premier League.

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