Danny Mills has claimed Marcelo Bielsa will quit Leeds United if he does not get the transfer assurances he wants from the board during crunch talks over the coming days.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, our columnist explained that the Argentine, 63, “will walk” from Elland Road if Andrea Radrizzani and the club directors reject his plans to strengthen the squad this summer.
Radrizzani admitted on Thursday that talks between the manager and the club over his future are ongoing and Football Insider has revealed a decision will not be made by Bielsa until the start of next week.
“I would assume it is down to transfer budgets and players,” Mills said. “The Leeds board will know if he doesn’t get what he wants he will walk.
“The owners know they can’t make promises and then not deliver because he will up sticks and walk out, as he has done at other clubs in the past.
“Maybe Bielsa feels he needs to strengthen in two to three areas and wants assurances from the owners they will agree to his proposal. Otherwise, he might think the team could struggle.
“It’s a small squad and the injury toll has killed them this season. Maybe he is not prepared to stay if they don’t back him in the way he wants.
“Marcelo Bielsa is in a stronger position that the board because he has not affinity to England or Leeds. He just wants to do the job the best he can and, if he doesn’t get the players he feels he needs, there is every chance he could leave.”
Bielsa signed a two-year contract when he took over as manager last summer but the second year is an option and can only be activated if Leeds trigger it by 31 May.
Discussions between the Argentine and the club have been ongoing since the team lost their play-off semi-final against Derby County last week after finishing third in this season’s Championship.
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