Marcelo Bielsa contract: Leeds confident over extension but explore replacement options

Graeme Bailey
Marcelo Bielsa yet to confirm his future
Marcelo Bielsa yet to confirm his future / Michael Regan/GettyImages

Leeds United are confident that Marcelo Bielsa will remain in charge of the club next season, 90min understands.

Bielsa has only agreed 12 month extensions at Elland Road in the last few years after initially signing a two-year contract upon joining in 2018. But more recent agreements have not been confirmed until well after pre-season has started.

Leeds' hierarchy are anxious to try and persuade Bielsa to make his decision as early as possible this time around - which will enable them to work on other matters earlier - however it remains to be seen what the Argentinian will decide to do.

Leeds have been working on alternative appointments should Bielsa decide to leave.

Sources have confirmed to 90min that the club are doing what they believe is required and responsible in their due diligence on possible replacements - as they don't want to get caught out should the 66-year-old depart.

One manager who the club have been impressed with is Sporting CP's Ruben Amorim - who at 37 is emerging as one of the most talked about young managers in Europe.

Amorim took over at Sporting in early 2020, joining from Braga, and in his first full season led them to the league title. Indeed one stand-out stat with Amorim is his win percentage which stands at over 75%.

Former Bielsa disciple Carlos Corberan - who is doing a fine job at Huddersfield Town - is another who the club are keeping tabs on.

Highly-rated American Jesse Marsch, who left his role with RB Leipzig earlier this season, is also a name that has been talked about at Elland Road - and he is believed to be 'very keen' on making a move into English football at some point.

Former Granada boss Diego Martinez is another who sporting director Victor Orta and his team like, but their main priority remains keeping Bielsa.