Exclusive: Danny Mills claims Bielsa could have Leeds transfer meetings this week


Danny Mills claims that Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa could have transfer meetings lined up this week while his side are on their tour of Australia.

The former Elland Road and England ace, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that the Argentine will not miss much by skipping his team’s clash against Western Sydney Warriors and that his time would be better spent back at the club’s Thorp Arch training ground.

Leeds confirmed that the manager would be travelling to Australia later than the squad for their game against Manchester United on Wednesday while BBC Sport report he could fly back before Saturday’s game in Sydney, club captain Liam Cooper quoted as saying the boss wants to work with those left out from the trip.

Mills insists that the game against old rivals Manchester United will give Bielsa something to take away about his side but suggests the same cannot be said about the Australian outfit.

He went on to claim that the Leeds boss may well have talks and meetings lined up over potential new recruits.

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Mills told Football Insider: “The second game in Australia is against Western Sydney, who are a decent outfit, but Bielsa probably feels: ‘I’m not going to learn anything about my players from that. I will certainly learn something from them playing against Manchester United.’

“It’s more important to be back at headquarters at Thorp Arch and deal with those who are left behind. I get that, I don’t think that’s a bad thing and I don’t think it’s a major problem.

“He’s quite possibly (working on transfers). He obviously feels that working with those players. He may well have business to do, there may well be other bits and pieces that he wants to be in the country for – to meet players or whoever it might be. 

“Being on the other side on the world is not the best place for him.” 

Leeds have seen Jack Harrison, whose loan came to an end, and Jack Clarke, who signed a permanent deal with Tottenham return to Elland Road this summer, while Helder Costa and Ben White have also bolstered the squad.

Alongside defender Pontus Jansson, Bielsa has got rid of a number of fringe players, the likes of Aapo Halme, Mallik Wilks and Caleb Ekuban all following the Swedish international out the exit door.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have set their sights on three new signings.