LEEDS are confident they can meet Marcelo Bielsas demands over their training ground as positive talks over extending his stay continue.
The manager is poised to remain at Elland Road as belief mounts that the 63-year-old will accept an extension to his contract.
Leeds United yet to offer Kemar Roofe new deal with Elland Road future uncertain
Bielsa’s future has been up in the air somewhat heading into the summer with Leeds having fallen short in their bid for promotion.
The Yorkshire club almost ended their 15-year exile from the Premier League and looked in a solid position in the play-offs.
But a gentleman’s agreement was also included which would allow Bielsa to quit if he no longer felt willing to continue following his first campaign at the helm.
Another season in the Championship awaits the Argentinian, though, as Leeds prepare to rebuild over the summer – most notably at Thorp Arch.
The Yorkshire Evening Post add Leeds’ training round is set for fresh changes recommended by Bielsa.
The squad went on their summer break last Thursday following the play-off heartache and a meeting that morning.
Bielsa and his players will return for pre-season training towards the end of June while transfer business is expected to be carried out in the meantime.
Leeds fans will be delighted the future of their manager looks secure, especially after he was linked with the Roma job following Claudio Ranieri’s departure.
LIVERPOOL fans want to see the next Virgil van Dijk promoted to the first team after scoring an incredible goal for his county at under-17 level.
United initially planned to speak with Roofe before Christmas and again after the closure of the January transfer window but discussions remained dormant until the end of the season with Roofe’s demands and the club’s valuation of him a distance apart.
Roofe came to Leeds from Oxford United in 2016, arriving from League Two during Massimo Cellino’s tenure as owner at Elland Road and at a time when the club’s wage bill was significantly lower.
Cellino made concerted efforts to cut the cost of salaries during his time in charge but wages have risen under Andrea Radrizzani and forward Patrick Bamford became one of the club’s highest earners when he arrived for £7m from Middlesbrough last July.
Roofe was first choice ahead of Bamford under Marcelo Bielsa and, having missed three months of the term through injury, finished as United’s top scorer with 15 goals.
He is expected to look for parity with Bamford after ranking amongst the most influential players during Bielsa’s first season as head coach but Leeds’ failure to win promotion to the Premier League will limit their ability to hike up existing salaries.
A failure to agree new terms with Roofe would leave United to contemplate the threat of the former League Two player of the year moving on for nothing at the end of next season, four years after Leeds spent £3m bringing him in from Oxford.
The club are expected to engage the 26-year-old in the weeks ahead but have spent the time since their loss in the Championship play-offs focusing on Bielsa’s own future.
Leeds were forced to sanction the £15m sale of Chris Wood to Burnley two years ago by Wood’s desire to leave and the realisation that allowing him to run closer to the end of his contract would diminish his resale value.
Roofe’s contractual position is one of the most pressing for Leeds in a squad where many of their prominent d members are under contract beyond the end of next term.
Pablo Hernandez has 12 months left but would receive an automatic 12-month extension if Leeds were promoted to the Premier League.
Mateusz Klich’s initial contract also runs to 2020, although the club have told the YEP previously that they have an option to retain him for an extra year. The Poland international was ever-present in the Championship, starting 46 league games and both legs of Leeds’ semi-final defeat to Derby County.