Marcelo Bielsa has ‘renewed his Leeds United contract’ for 12 months

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Marcelo Bielsa will be Leeds United manager in the Premier League.

The Argentine icon was out of contract at the end of the Championship season following their first-place finish, and some supporters might have been worried that his services would be snapped up from abroad.

The 65-year-old was in a similar position after their play-off defeat to Derby during the 2018/19 campaign, and only decided to extend his deal by a single season.

That choice looks set to be repeated over the coming days, with reports claiming that the former Athletic Bilbao and Marseille coach has agreed to another 12 months at Elland Road.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Bielsa has reached a ‘full agreement’ for another period as boss, which is due to expire at the end of the 2020/21 season.

The veteran manager was humble after his side were confirmed of a spot in the top-fight, which ended a 16-season hiatus.

He said after he was named as the League Managers' Association manager of the season: “First of all I wish to apologise for not delivering this message in English.

"Secondly I would like to say thank you for this award. It's of special importance to me because the votes were cast by the coaches in the league that Leeds have won.

"The fact that my colleagues have recognised my contribution is so important to me.

"Awards are usually recognition for achievements by a particular team. In this case it's the recognition of the title Leeds have won.

"I know how much help on the path towards this achievement that I have received. I'd like to thank the club and the authorities who hired me for the chance to work in English football.

"And the fans for their support, contribution and love they have shown towards me and every member of staff who has worked alongside the players this year.

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"In this regard there are many unnamed people who are key to the work. The biggest thank you is to the players themselves because they are the ones doing the most difficult job in football that is playing, competing and this case clinching.

"The coaches are always the product of the players we get to coach. I'd like to stress how grateful I am to them.

"I'd also like to thank the body in charge of the award. Thank you very much everyone it has been a pleasure speaking to you."

  • Leeds United FC
  • Premier League
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