By Paddy Kenny

16th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

Bielsa is 'putting off' potential new signings at Leeds after Radrizzani claim - Kenny

Marcelo Bielsa’s refusal to commit his long-term future to Leeds United may put off potential new signings.

So says ex-Whites goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Andrea Radrizzani’s comments on 12 September.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his side’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool, the Leeds owner insisted he has “no problem” with Bielsa’s year-to-year contract arrangement.

The magnetic Argentine manager has signed a one-year extension at the end of each of his three full seasons in charge at Elland Road.

But Kenny claims that the 66-year-old’s refusal to commit for the long term could be bad news for their prospects in the transfer market.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Ideally, you’d want him locked into a three or four-year contract.

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“As a player coming in, you want to know that the manager is going to be there for more than one season.

“You buy into his plans for the future when you sign for a club. You want to know what he is aiming to do over the next few years.

But with a year-to-year contract, you don’t know whether he is going to be there 12 months down the line.

“It might put a few new signings off. But if the owner is happy with it, you just have to trust his word and trust that Bielsa is going to stay.

“He is an excellent manager, obviously. If that’s what they have to do to keep him there, so be it.

In other news, Leeds United open new contract talks with Kalvin Phillips after £100m reveal.