Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa will “100 per cent” sign a new contract with Leeds United.

That is according to former Whites striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 65-year-old’s future at Elland Road.

Bielsa’s current Leeds contract is set to expire at the end of the season.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa at Goodison Park

According to The Sunday Sun (page 63), the Argentine is close to agreeing a rolling 12-month contract in which his yearly salary will be increased from £6million to £7million.

Whelan insists fans should not even entertain the thought of Bielsa not staying for another season.

“I am 100 per cent sure he will sign a new contract,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“Bielsa works in a different way to others and he needs to feel that he deserves a new contract before his signs it.

“I understand that it might be worrying to some people but they should not be worried. He is here, he has done a great job and he has only had one year in the Premier League. He will want to be here for another year – minimum.

“Every season we are improving. There is no doubt about it, when you look at managers and tacticians, there are not many better than Bielsa.

“He just wants to see the season out. He wants to finish as high as he can and then, and only then, he will think about himself. Right now he is thinking about the players, the club and winning football matches.

“This is the amazing thing about Marcelo Bielsa. Any other manager would take the cash right now and have the security. He is not bothered. He wants to do his job right first.

“There is no doubt about it, he will sign it. There is no worry there.” 

In other news, Whelan is baffled by the ‘bizarre’ downturn of one Leeds United star this season.