Marcelo Bielsa has indicated his intention to wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to stay at Leeds beyond this season, according to Sky Sports.
The Leeds United boss currently has just a few months left on his contract but is in no rush to extend his stay at Elland Road until this season is complete.
Marcelo Bielsa Wants to Decide Future at End of Season
No Surprise in Stance
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Southampton, The Argentine signalled he is likely to stay at the club: “I am not going to manage any other options until my job here at Leeds is done.
“The first thing I want to highlight, because what it seems like is that the president is offering me an extension and I am delaying it.
“It could be interpreted as the club having more of a desire for me to stay than I do and that’s not the case. In no way do I want to position myself above the club. I reiterate I am not going to manage any other options until my job here at Leeds is done. There is no speculation from my part,” he continued.
As the 65-year-old usually opts to extend his contracts on a year-by-year basis, this intention comes as no surprise.
Hierarchy Want Marcelo Bielsa to Stay
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has recently made it clear he intends for Bielsa to stay at the club beyond his current deal, telling CBS Sports “Marcelo knows we are happy with him. If he stays, we are really delighted to continue. If the group is happy with him, I am also happy and we should continue.”
Leeds are 12th in the Premier League, seemingly unthreatened by relegation and receiving wide plaudits for the brand of football they have played this season. It appears unlikely Bielsa or the club management will change their view on the situation between now and the summer.
Bielsa would like to be certain, however, before making his decision, saying: “The decision to work in a club for another year is so important that you must have a clear security.”
As Bielsa comes towards the end of his career and is thriving at Elland Road, he seems unlikely to leave the Northern club any time soon. All signs are pointing towards another one-year contract extension this summer.