Leeds Set for Marcelo Bielsa Contract Talks as Club Target Champions League Return

Marcelo Bielsa
Bielsa has taken Leeds United up as champions | George Wood/Getty Images

Leeds United will begin planning for life in the Premier League over the next few days, with Marcelo Bielsa set to discuss not only transfers but the more pressing issue of his contract with the Leeds hierarchy.

The Argentinian manager has been widely-praised for his influence in Yorkshire, leading the Whites to a playoff spot in his first year at the club, before ending their 16-year exile from the top flight of English football this season.

However, the Championship's new champions will lose Bielsa, whose contract expires this summer, unless they are able to agree a new deal with the former Marseille boss.

Faced with this dilemma, Leeds' chief executive Angus Kinnear has told Goal that the club won't be wasting any time inlooking to plan for the club's future alongside Bielsa over the next week.

"Victor [Director of Football Victor Orta], Andrea [majority owner Andrea Radrizzani] and I will be straight in with Marcelo next week and talking about plans for next season," Kinnear confirmed, adding that Bielsa's own contractual arrangements will be a part of this discussion.

"He [Bielsa] has a review, he knows the direction he wants to take the club in and it will go from things we need on the playing side, right through to changes he wants to be made at Thorp Arch and in the backroom staff, and obviously his own personal arrangements as well we need to resolve.

The Leeds hierarchy are looking to tie Bielsa down through a new deal
The Leeds hierarchy are looking to tie Bielsa down through a new deal | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

Kinnear has also spoken about his high hopes for Leeds next year, and his wish to target Champions League football in the long term.

He added: "I think next year the team will go out every week and play swashbuckling, attacking football, will show absolutely no fear, will show no team any respect. We're not going to be scared and I think we'll give Leeds supporters another year they can be proud of."

"Leeds should have a Premier League team. Candidly, Leeds should have a Champions League team and that's the vision."