By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

24th Jul, 2020 | 7:15am

'Huge coup' - Exclusive: Bruce gobsmacked as Leeds in talks over big-money new deal

Alex Bruce admits he is gobsmacked as the board prepare to offer Marcelo Bielsa a mega-money deal to stay at Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds defender insists it was a “huge coup” to get the Argentine to Elland Road in the first place.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Leeds board are holding talks with Bielsa over a new deal worth more than £100,000-a-week.

It is understood the club will sit down with the manager over the coming days to discuss a new deal after the end of the Championship season.

Bruce was left staggered by how lucrative Leeds’ offer is set to be but insists he has earned a reward after helping the club reach the Premier League.

Asked if getting Bielsa tied down would be the Whites’ biggest deal of the summer, Bruce told Football Insider: “£100-grand-a-week? Christ almighty, I think he should be and all!

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“That would be a lovely contract for him if that’s the kind of figures they’re talking about. He’s proven himself as one of the great managers over the years with what he’s done in Spain and Argentina, these places he’s been before.

“It was a huge coup to get him to Leeds and I’m sure they’ll want to tie him down now they’re in the Premier League. They’re a big team in the Premier League, Leeds United, so it’s somewhere I’m sure Bielsa would want to be.” 

Bielsa’s current deal made him the highest-paid manager in the Championship last season.

He joined Leeds back in 2018 and took the Whites, who had finished 13th under Paul Heckingbottom, to a third-place finish in his first season at the helm.

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