Kevin Phillips has urged Leeds United to try and tie Marcelo Bielsa down to a long-term contract at Elland Road.

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested Andrea Radrizzani use this opportunity to get the Argentinian tied down to a deal that will see him remain at the club beyond 2020.

Football Insider revealed that Bielsa is set to sign an extension to his current contract to keep him at the club until the end of the season.

The 64-year-old’s current deal is due to expire at the end of next month but with the Championship set to reboot in mid-June a new short-term deal will be tabled.

Phillips suggested it would be silly not to begin negotiations on a deal for next season while the two parties are in conversation.

“It is hugely important to keep him,” he told Football Insider.

“He is a very popular figure at the club. His style of management and style of play has been vital to their success.

“The last thing they would want is for a manager that nearly got them to the Premier League, or who got you to the Premier League, to go somewhere else.

“He is very popular with the fans and the players. It would be daft to let him walk away.

“They need to change that short-term contract into a long-term contract. I understand that if they do not go up he may look to go and manage somewhere else but it is highly likely that they will gain promotion.”

Bielsa arrived at Elland Road in the summer of 2018 and let Leeds agonisingly close to promotion in his first season in charge.

However, Leeds are primed to go one better this year as they sit top of the Championship nine games to play.

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