Bielsa denies that he is about to renew

Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds coach, denied this Thursday that he is very close to renewing for two years for said English club, as affirmed by Argentine media. Bielsa came to Leeds in 2018 and led him to win the Championship (the English Second) and thus achieved promotion to the Premier League after an absence of 16 years.

Bielsa’s contract with Leeds ends at the end of the season. Bielsa assured that there is no agreement in sight for its expansion and, if it were so, he would say so. The former Argentina coach has spent more time at Leeds than at any other club.

Bielsa does not like to sign in advance for his renovations, but when the seasons are complete. The one that joins him to the one-year-old Leeds signed him 24 hours before the current Premier League started.

Leeds beat the leader, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, on Saturday in the Premier League and is 10th in the table. His next opponent is Liverpool at Elland Road on Monday.

The victory against Jürgen Klopp’s team, recently eliminated in the Champions League quarterfinals by Real Madrid, would mark Leeds’ fourth consecutive victory in the top flight for the first time in 20 years.

“I have always said that the dimension of the Leeds institution is very large. Leeds’ sporting past is full of very high points. To win four games in a row in the Premier, compared to all the things that Leeds have achieved, of course that would give us great happiness, but, if you compare it with all the things that Leeds have achieved in their sporting history, not so much. big, ”Bielsa said.

“In order to live up to some of their past successes, you need to do some extraordinary things and we are a long way from being there.”

Leeds will not have their captain, Liam Cooper, suspended against Liverpool, as he was sent off against City. Raphinha and Rodrigo are doubtful.