Marcelo Bielsa says Leeds contract situation is ‘resolved’

The 66-year-old hasn’t said he has signed anything but will continue for this season

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed he will be remaining at Leeds United. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed he will be remaining at Leeds United. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

 

Marcelo Bielsa has said his contract situation at Leeds is “resolved” before the club’s Premier League opener away against Manchester United on Saturday.

The 66-year-old did not actually state he has signed new terms but indicated he had committed to a further season at Elland Road. “The contract situation is one that is already resolved,” Bielsa said through a translator. “One year is habitual.”

Leeds later announced that Bielsa had signed his new contract, which runs until the end of the 2021-22 season.

The Argentinian praised the club’s hierarchy for their willingness to invest in the club’s training facilities and infrastructure, indicating that this played a role in his desire to commit to a fourth season.

“From my point of view this is an extraordinary club,” he said. “It’s not often you have a club that designates so much volume of investment to the improvement of the training facilities. Leeds have made a significant contribution economically to provide the tools for a manager to prepare to be the ideal ones.”

Leeds have also invested in Bielsa’s playing squad this summer, making Jack Harrison’s loan from Manchester City permanent, bringing in Junior Firpo from Barcelona and completing deals for the youngsters Amari Miller, Lewis Bate, Kristoffer Klaesson and Sean McGurk.

Though the club continue to be linked with other deals, Bielsa said: “I’m satisfied with the group I’m working with. I couldn’t tell you about hypothetical situations, but what I can tell you is the group of players I have I’m happy with.”

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