By Alex McLeish

15th Apr, 2021 | 6:00pm

Ex-manager hails Radrizzani as Leeds man in advanced reported talks over blockbuster deal

The relationship between Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds United board must be as strong as ever amid talk of a new contract.

That is according to former Scotland boss Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted Elland Road chiefs had backed the Argentine to the hilt.

As reported by Argentinian publication La Nacion, talks between Leeds and big-earning Bielsa have advanced over the past week and he is “very close” to signing a lucrative two-year deal.

A 24-month contract would represent a surprise change of tack from the 65-year-old, who has only signed one-year extensions in the past at Elland Road.

His current deal, which was signed on the eve of the current season, is set to expire this summer.

Bielsa has managed more games at Leeds, 133, than he has any ofter club during his career.

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McLeish insisted a good relationship between manager and board often resulted in success.

As such, he suggested Bielsa’s willingness to commit to a longer contract reflected the belief he has in the likes of owner Andrea Radrizzani.

Asked if a two-year deal proved Bielsa’s trust in the board, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “That’s correct. Bielsa has probably got a pretty good rapport with the people above him.

“They’ve helped him big time in terms of financial power. They’ve given the money to bring in the right players that Bielsa wanted. He’s managing up the way and he’s managing well for the directors.

“This is what I’ve always said of my own career. Anytime I’ve had a good relationship with those upstairs, we’ve generally had success.

“The rapport between the governors at Leeds, and Bielsa seems to be stuck in heavyweight glue.” 

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