Marcelo Bielsa is a man of his word and will shake hands with Leeds United and commit to another year-long contract.
That is according to finance guru and new Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively with Bielsa just a few months away from the end of his current deal.
The Argentine manager takes his contract on a year-by-year basis and majority shareholder Andrea Radrizzani has promised talks will begin in the summer.
Bielsa seemed to reiterate his commitment to the club in his press conference on Friday: “Any needs the club has, I always respond to them with open arms.”
Maguire assured Leeds fans that Bielsa can be taken at his word and is more than likely to stay put in the summer.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Bielsa is unique. He ploughs his own furrow, he operates in his own way. We are living in Bielsa’s world and not the other way around.
“I don’t think there’s any concern from Leeds’ point of view because he is a man who works on the basis of a handshake and if he’s happy, the contract gets signed.
“Would bigger clubs be interested? I don’t know because he is unique in the way he operates and he’s got a fantastic relationship with the board and a fantastic relationship with the fans.
“I don’t see a problem. Radrizzani wants him to stay, the fans want him to stay, the players want him to stay, and he seems settled.
“If he was 25 younger, I might be a bit of twitchy because he might be wanting to move on to somewhere else in terms of his ambitions.”
In a recent interview with The Telegraph, new club vice-president Praag Marathe discussed the 65-year-old’s rolling contract: “You never want a situation where somebody doesn’t want to be there, and you are just holding them to their contract.
“I’m pretty relaxed about the situation. I hope he stays.”