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