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Marcelo Bielsa responds to Andrea Radrizzani’s call to stay at Leeds next season

Marcelo Bielsa says he is prepared to give Leeds an answer on his Elland Road future before the end of the season.

Chairman Andrea Radrizzani claims he wants Bielsa to extend his Leeds reign into a fourth season beyond this summer when his current deal expires.

Bielsa is reluctant to decide anything now, even though he is happy at Leeds, because he says Radrizzani may change his mind if results deteriorate.

Yet he understands Leeds’ desire for clarity and says he will make a decision before the campaign finishes if asked by the club.

“The first thing I want to highlight is it seems like the president is offering me an extension and I am delaying it,” said the Leeds head coach.

Marcelo Bielsa says he is happy and settled at Leeds

“It could be interpreted as the club having more desire for me staying than I do, and that is not the case. In no way do I want to position myself above the club.

“I am not going to manage any other options until my job here at Leeds is done. There is no speculation from my part.

“The decision to work at a club for a number of years is so important that you must have a clear security. And when you have a third of the season left to play, perhaps in this period things will happen that could alter the judgement. That is useful to have in mind. That’s my reasoning.

“If the club needs an answer before the end of the season, I will respond before the end of the season.

“But if this happens I will take the time to tell them they should consider what happens in the last part of the season. And in this case it is possible that they could say they will wait for the end of the season or they may say they need to resolve it before the end of the season.

“If they need a response prior to the end of the season, then I will give one.”

Andrea Radrizzani wants Marcelo Bielsa to stay

Bielsa, 65, looks almost certain to carry on next season and he says he is not speaking to any other clubs.

He claims he feels happy with the backing he receives from Radrizzani and the Leeds fans and is settled in Yorkshire.

“I don’t imagine for my professional future anything better than what Leeds represent as a job,” he said.

“Given how the club is and the principles that they have, due to the public, the stadium, the fans, due to the project the club is undertaking, due to the knowledge, due to being integrated into the city and also to this region in England that surrounds it, Yorkshire.

“I also value a lot the people that surround me and work for the club.

“I would not consider any alternatives until my job here at Leeds is done. I’m not going to be in contact with anyone and no-one has offered me anything. It’s the least I can do given how I have been treated by the president of the club.

“Any coach would like to work at this club, given how it has been designed.”




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