Marcelo Bielsa signs Leeds United contract extension ahead of season-opener against Manchester United

Marcelo Bielsa has signed a one-year contract extension at Leeds United.

Supporters had eagerly been awaiting an update on the 66-year-old’s status ahead of their Premier League opener against Manchester United on Saturday, live on talkSPORT, and they have now received the news they were hoping for.

Bielsa’s Leeds will take on Manchester United this Saturday at 12:30pm
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When asked about the matter in his press conference today, Bielsa said through a translator: “The contract situation is one that is already resolved.”

And when pressed further on the details, he continued: “One year is habitual.”

Bielsa has become a cult figure at Leeds, and after a nomadic career across South America and Europe.

Reaching the four-year mark at Elland Road next summer would represent the Argentine’s longest stay at any professional club side.

Bielsa masterminded Leeds’ Premier League comeback
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Reflecting on what has made the surprise move such a match made in heaven, Bielsa said: “From my point of view this is an extraordinary club.

“It’s not often you have a club that designates so much volume of investment to the improvement of the training facilities.

“Leeds have made a significant contribution economically to provide the tools for a manager to prepare to be the ideal ones.”

So far this summer Leeds have reinforced with Junior Firpo from Barcelona and back-up goalkeeper Kristoffer Klaesson from Valerenga, as well as signing Jack Harrison on a permanent deal from Manchester City.

Asked if there will be any more signings before the end of the window, Bielsa said: “I’m satisfied with the group I’m working with. I couldn’t tell you about hypothetical situations, but what I can tell you is the group of players I have I’m happy with.”