Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United have kept hold of Marcelo Bielsa after promising him the club will sign “one or two” of his summer targets.
United announced today that the Argentine will remain in charge at Elland Road next season after the club exercised the option to extend his contract by 12 months following extensive talks.
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Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, ex-Leeds defender Mills is certain Bielsa has committed to Leeds following assurances over specific transfers.
“I believe he was always happy to stay, definitely,” Mills told Football Insider. “There are no issues with where he lives or the club. He really likes being at Leeds.
“What was the sticking point? From what I hear, he clearly believes he needs to add players to what’s been a thin squad hit by injuries. He wants one or two targets, and won’t have stayed unless the club agreed to get them. They would be massively important to him.
“It’s be down to transfers and budgets. Leeds should be very careful about what they do and promise Marcelo Bielsa. He is a man of principle. If he doesn’t get what he wants by the time the transfer window closes, he could just walk out. He’s done it before at other clubs.”
Bielsa signed a two-year deal with United in June 2018 but could have left this summer had the club not triggered a clause in the deal to extend it at the end of year one.
He steered Leeds to a third-placed Championship finish in his debut campaign but missed out on promotion after a play-off semi-final defeat to Derby County.
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