Kieran Maguire 'amazed' by Radrizzani's mega-money Leeds claim that should be 'confidential'
Marcelo Bielsa’s salary at Leeds United is sky high – but the manager deserves every penny.
That is according to finance expert and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Andrea Radrizzani revealed Bielsa’s mega-money wages.
The Leeds owner told Italian newspaper La Republicca: “[Bielsa’s] very good at getting paid. His salary is the third or fourth in the Premier League.
“But he deserves all that money because of the way he transforms the culture of a club and increases its value.”
Maguire echoed Radrizzani’s sentiments, claiming that Bielsa’s impact is felt not just on the pitch but on the balance sheets too.
“It [Bielsa’s wage] is very unusual,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
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“I’m amazed that Radrizzani knows the wages of the managers in the Premier League. I’d have thought that would have been confidential.
“But given the way that Bielsa has delivered on the pitch, it’s money well spent.
“Also, he has increased the value of the brand by bringing in an element of mystique.
“They are on to finish in the top half in the Premier League, which will be financially rewarding.
“Given the way that the money is distributed via the merits system, the club is going to have leveraged on what he’s delivered in terms of making them an intriguing outfit.”
Bielsa’s Leeds are aiming for a top-half finish with four games remaining this season.
Radrizzani revealed in April he is optimistic that the Argentine will sign a new deal before the end of the campaign.