Marcelo Bielsa won't yet confirm Leeds United future but agrees with Andrea Radrizzani's club sentiment
Marcelo Bielsa will still not be drawn on his future at Leeds United but agrees with owner Andrea Radrizzani's recent statement that the club is bigger than individuals.
The Whites head coach will mark three years in the job this summer, having taken them close to promotion from the Championship in his first season, won the title in his second and achieved midtable Premier League status in his third. But his preference for one-year contracts means his future remains uncertain until a new deal or an extension is agreed.
Last week Radrizzani gave an interview to French outlet l'Equipe in which he once again spoke about Bielsa and next season, declaring his optimism that they could reach an agreement to continue their thus-far highly successful working relationship.
"I hope and believe it is possible," he said.
"We are in discussions. There is a common will to keep going and so far we've always gotten along well. We support Marcelo in his work and I believe be able to say that he is satisfied with his relationship with the club's management. Hopefully we can continue to work together."
Radrizzani went on to express his belief that the club's vision was the most important thing, even if Bielsa decided to part.
"Once again, we are very happy with him and we hope to extend him," he said.
"But you also have to understand that Leeds United is bigger than Marcelo Bielsa If one day, for one for whatever reason, we had to split up with Marcelo, that wouldn't change our goal, which is one day put Leeds back to where they were, so that they can once again play in the champions."
Radrizzani's hope for a new deal with Bielsa was put to the Argentine in today's press conference but he politely declined to offer his own thoughts.
"Any reference to this subject, I prefer to make after the competition has finished," he said.
He did, however, place on record his appreciation for Radrizzani's desire to keep him at the club and agreed with his sentiment over the number one priority.
"I appreciate the words of the owner with regards to my continuity, but I agree with what he said about Leeds being prestigious above any others," said Bielsa.
"Due to the solidness of this organisation, they have the facility to make adequate, correct decisions."