Following a 16-year absence from the Premier League, Leeds United returns to the English top-flight after winning last season’s Championship.
Although what could be in the mind of the club is how to ensure they retain the service of their manager Marcelo Bielsa, who will earn some payrise from a new deal. His deal will run out this summer and they anxious to know the future of the 65-year-old with the club.
Bielsa is already a hero for his role in leading Leeds back to the Premier League last season following a 16-year absence.
Moreover, the club supporters also want to know which players will be arriving at Elland Road for their top-flight return next season.
‘No concern over new contract talks for Marcelo Bielsa’
Sky Sports News reports that there’s no need to worry or panic ad the club is believed to be progressing with the negotiation with Bielsa.
“First and foremost, at the end of the season, he didn’t want to discuss his future, he wanted to celebrate the promotion, which was quite novel.
“He thought it was good to have a break, to soak it up, and to enjoy it before he focused on the next challenge. He did that and certainly, for the first few days after Leeds were promoted, it was off the agenda.
“Talks have been taking place and it is very close, but it is a process. When he first joined, it took several weeks to get the contract sorted, even though an agreement was in place, and it was the same last season as well. It’s not a concern, but it does take a little bit of time,” Sky Sports News reporter Tim Thornton said.
Futballnews had reported that Bielsa could see his yearly wages doubled from the new deal.
Can Ibrahimovic and Cavani come to Leeds United?
For the Yorkshire to have a chance of fighting for s stay in the league beyond next season, they will have to make some reinforcement in the transfer market this summer. They are therefore been linked to several players which include former Manchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG striker, Edinson Cavani, and host of other players.
Thornton said the top players won’t be coming to Leeds as they didn’t fit their profile.
“You can get a big black marker and cross those names out [Ibrahimovic and Cavani] – they won’t be coming to Leeds United. They don’t fit the profile, they’re not what Leeds are about.
“There has been a little bit of talk about them and you can add to that list Danny Rose and Fabian Delph, they won’t be coming back either.
“Leeds have identified their targets and those targets are changing all the time because the market moves quickly. But they won’t be breaking the bank to sign players for hundreds of thousands of pounds a week, it quite simply won’t happen. It will be a measured approach and Leeds will get the right players in at the right price.”
Meanwhile, Leeds recently had an improved £22m bid for White rejected by Brighton.
“They’re going to try [and sign him], they’ve already tried very hard. He’s the one they want, he was outstanding last season and he shone in a Leeds team that did incredibly well.
“But there are other teams interested as well – Liverpool have been linked with him and he’s a Rolls Royce of a footballer. The talk at Leeds is if they get him and he plays every week in the Premier League next season, then he will be in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euros – that’s how highly rated he is. Southgate has already picked him out as one to watch along with Kalvin Phillips, so he’s an outstanding player.
“He could probably slot into any squad in the Premier League, but at Leeds, he’ll be guaranteed to play every week. Bielsa knows how to get the best out of him and he fixed the system at Leeds,” Thornton said.