Leeds United EXCLUSIVE: Marcelo Bielsas future will be decided in the next few days, reveals owner Andrea R – talkSPORT

Leeds United EXCLUSIVE: Marcelo Bielsas future will be decided in the next few days, reveals owner Andrea R - talkSPORT

Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa reach decisive stage of talks over future, reveals Andrea Radrizzani

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Italian business tells talkSPORT the club will make an announcement about their popular manager soon

It was a difficult year yet again for the club, but in many ways he was a bright spark for many in the fanbase as he scored ten times in 22 starting appearances and 11 substitute showings, but we opted to not take up a permanent option on him, as after a bright start he ended the season with a barren run in front of goal.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed the option to extend Marcelo Bielsas contract expires at the end of May.

His touch hasn’t deserted him as he returned to his parent club and in 31 appearances in the 2018/19 campaign, he found the back of the net 19 times, but given his reported wage, Hamburg have now confirmed that he leaves them this summer and it means he’s available as a free agent.

The Italian businessman has told talkSPORT the next few days will be decisive over whether the popular boss remains at Elland Road for another season.

I wouldn’t have thought a deal is likely in fairness as we look to go one better in the 2019/20 campaign under Marcelo Bielsa (hopefully) as presumably if Bielsa wanted him, he would’ve come in and not Patrick Bamford.

Supporters are desperate for the experienced Argentine to stay after an impressive first season in charge.

The campaign ultimately ended in disappointment, as the Whites failed to clinch automatic promotion and were then knocked out of the play-offs, but Bielsas exciting brand of football has reinvigorated the club and there is a feeling their 15-year Premier League exile could soon be over.

Their third-place finish, six points adrift of an automatic spot, was the club’s best league position since they were relegated from the Premier League.

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Bielsa has been in talks with the club about his future as manager over the last week, amid reports that clubs in Spain and Italy are interested in the former Argentina coach.

And Radrizzani has now revealed Leeds expect to make an announcement about the managers future soon.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the United owner said: I can say we have a chance to keep him.

Well see. The next few days will be decisive and we will make an announcement. Well see in the next few days.

We have an option until the end of the month. We are talking to him and we have few things to clarify but after that we will make our decision public soon.

Radrizzani also insisted he has no plans to leave the club after their latest failure to win promotion back to the Premier League.

The Italian even hinted he is ready to invest big money into the squad when they return to the top flight, which he is confident will be soon.

I hope we will get there one day and Im here until that day because I really want to enjoy the moment with the fans.

Leeds intend to renew Bielsa’s contact for a second season and have been in talks with the Argentinian over their plans for next term for much of the past week.

The two sides reached a gentleman’s agreement when Bielsa took the job last summer that he would be allowed to depart if he no longer felt happy to remain in the post.

Sources close to the 63-year-old, however, have told the YEP that Bielsa is determined to have a second go at winning promotion following the club’s defeat in the Championship play-offs.

The former Argentina coach made a huge impression in his first year in England, taking Leeds from a mid-table finish in 2018 to contention for automatic promotion.

Speaking to Talksport, Radrizzani said: “We have a chance to keep him. We’ll see. The next few days will be decisive and we’ll make an announcement. We’ll see in the next few days.

“We have an option until the end of the month, we’re talking to him and we have a few things to clarify. Then, after, we’ll make public our decision.”

Radrizzani attempted to dismiss the suggestion that he might be tempted to sell the club after failing to steer Leeds back into the Premier League.

The Italian bought United in 2017 and had been in control of the club for the past two seasons but he relinquished a stake to the investment arm of the San Francisco 49ers last summer in return for £11m.

Radrizzani said: “I’m here and I hope we get there one day and I’m here until that day because I really want to enjoy it with the fans.

“I’ll start to play when we go up. At the moment I’m just observing football.”

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