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Bielsa: I’ll talk about my future in the summer

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Marcelo Bielsa says he appreciates Leeds chair Andrea Radrizzani’s comments following initial discussions about the head coach’s new contract.

Due to his preference for one-year contracts, Bielsa has firmly refused to discuss his future before the end of the season.

In an interview with the French sports daily L’Equipe last week, Radrizzani expressed optimism that the two sides would come to an agreement.

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“Any reference to this subject, I prefer to make after the competition has finished.”

“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.

“Due to the solidness of this organisation, they have the facility to make correct decisions.”

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Bielsa is in his third season as Leeds head coach. In his first season, Leeds lost in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-finals, but in his second, he led them back to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.

He has taken the club from a mid-table Championship team to a Premier League contender in the top ten.

Bielsa: I'll talk about my future in the summer
Andrea Radrizzani says there is a “common will” to continue working with Marcelo Bielsa next season. Image Credit: Skysports

Radrizzani informed L’Equipe that Bielsa was “satisfied with his relationship with the club’s management” and that there was “a common will to keep going.”

“Once again, we are very happy with him and we hope to extend him,” Radrizzani said. “But you also have to understand that Leeds United is bigger than Marcelo Bielsa.

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“If one day, for whatever reason, we had to split up with Marcelo, that wouldn’t change our goal, which is one day to put Leeds back to where they were, so that they can once again play in the Champions (League).”

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Rodrigo will return for Leeds United against Brighton on Saturday. Image Credit: Skysports

Leeds are currently in ninth place in the table, and the return to action of club-record signing Rodrigo will give them a boost at Brighton.

Due to a muscle injury he suffered in the win over Leicester in January, the Spanish forward has only made one appearance since mid-March.

Raphinha, on the other hand, will be absent. With a heavily bruised thigh, the Brazilian winger limped out of his side’s shock victory over City at the Etihad Stadium.

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Brighton won 1-0 at Elland Road in January, ensuring their Premier League survival, and Bielsa claims they are in a false spot in the table.

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“Results sometimes coincide with the performances and other times they don’t,” Bielsa added. “Brighton is a team unfairly in the bottom part of the table.

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“All the values you can analyse, they all position (Brighton) higher than (the position) they occupy.”

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Player wants Leeds exit to join club with money to spend – report

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According to BILD, Crysensio Summerville wants to join Hamburg SV, but Marcelo Bielsa prefers the winger to continue at Leeds United.

Hamburg have the funds to invest on new players this month, according to the German media, and Summerville, 20, has signaled to club officials that he would be interested in a loan move to the 2.Bundesliga team.

However, it is claimed that Bielsa is hesitant to loan Summerville out owing to Leeds’ injury problems.

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Leeds’ injury issue has hopefully reached its apex, thus we don’t see why Bielsa can’t allow Summerville’s loan request.

Summerville has made eight appearances for the first team this campaign, but has been left out of Bielsa’s last two Premier League matchday rosters.

Bielsa has a lot of wingers, so loaning Summerville out may be the ideal choice in the long run. The fans don’t want a situation where the Dutchman stays at Elland Road and then doesn’t play for the rest of the campaign.

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He will be dissatisfied, thus we believe Bielsa would be prudent to enable Summerville to sign for Hamburg on loan.

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Marcelo Bielsa makes Raphinha transfer admission as contract talks continue

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Marcelo Bielsa makes Raphinha transfer admission as contract talks continue

Raphinha, the Brazilian winger, is reportedly linked to a Liverpool move, and it’s expected given how brilliant his performance at Leeds has been. But even with interest from the Reds’ and perhaps other clubs to sign him, the Whites are hopefully confident they can keep the 25-year old.

Leeds United sporting director, Victor Orta, has been in talks with the winger’s agent for some time, and things seem to be going well, as LeedsLive reports that a deal to retain him is possible.

Leeds manager, Bielsa, termed the talks “a great decision”, which shows he doesn’t want to lose Raphinha, whose contract at Leeds ends in two years. Additionally, Bielsa believes that the Brazilian is the best in his squad in every sense. “Raphinha is the best player in the team in all senses…physically,…technically…very wise,” he praised.

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Citing the player’s country, his great EPL display, and the eyes on him worldwide, Bielsa thinks discussions to have Raphinha stay with the Whites is the best decision the club could have made. “…the decision of the club can only be valued, “he reasoned.

The winger helped his side’s victory against in-form West Ham over the weekend and is set to play for Brazil in the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

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Marcelo Bielsa has some bad news for the fans

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Marcelo Bielsa made an announcement on Joe Gelhardt at his pre-match press conference, and it’s not good news.

Indeed, Bielsa claims that the young talent hurt himself in training and will be sidelined for the next three weeks due to an ankle ailment.

Normally, an injury to a youngster isn’t a big issue, but you’d be hard pushed to find a 19-year-old who has had as much of an effect as Gelhardt has in recent times.

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“As it has been habitually this season, the players are injuring themselves in the same position. To the injury of Bamford and Rodrigo, we add the injury to Tyler Roberts and Gelhardt, who injured his ankle in training yesterday. He’s going to be absent for three weeks. Tyler Roberts similar amount of time,” Marcelo Bielsa said.

Gelhardt’s injury isn’t good for Leeds, but the fact that Patrick Bamford has returned to fitness makes things a lot simpler.

In this campaign, Leeds United have dealt with a slew of injuries, particularly at the forward position.

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Bamford has missed several games this season, but the 28-year-old is expected to be back just as Gelhardt has been injured.

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