Marcelo Bielsa’s reluctance to sign a new Leeds United contract during the season could hamper the club’s transfer business.
That’s according to former Whites goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Bielsa’s future.
Bielsa, 65, is out of contract at the end of the season after only signing a one-year extension when his previous deal ran out in the summer.
He made positive noises about staying at Leeds in February with Yorkshire Evening Post quoting Bielsa as saying, “I feel integrated with the city and also this region in England and also what surrounds it, Yorkshire.”
Kenny insists that Bielsa will sign a new contract at the end of the season but he’s worried about how Leeds can attract quality players this summer amid doubts over his future.
When asked if Bielsa was selfish for keeping Leeds fans waiting over his future, the well-connected Kenny told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams. “You could look at it that way.
“To me, he just comes across as a loyal man, if he says he’s going to sign with Leeds then he’ll sign with Leeds.
“The only thing I question about him is when Leeds are trying to sign the players they want but the player won’t be sure who the manager is going to be.
“He can make that side of things difficult. From what I see and hear, he seems like a genuine guy and if he’s said he’ll sign then he will.”
Leeds are on course for a top half finish in the Premier League after impressing during their first season back in the top flight.
The Whites have just taken five points from a tricky run of games with draws against Manchester United and Liverpool following a shock win against Man City at The Etihad.