Marcelo Bielsa will quit Leeds United if they start selling their players to Premier League sides like Leicester City, according to Frank McAvennie.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former West Ham United and Scotland forward insisted the Yorkshire giants should not be a selling club and instead should look to poach players from the Foxes.
Dutch outlet De Telegraf report both Leicester and Serie A side Napoli have both enquired about versatile defender Pascal Struijk.
The 21-year-old signed a new contract with Leeds at the end of last year that will keep him at Elland Road until at least the summer of 2024.
After a mixed start to the season, the Netherlands youth international has come into his own in recent weeks partnering Liam Cooper at the heart of Bielsa’s defence.
Asked whether Leeds could be vulnerable to losing their players to sides like Leicester and Napoli, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “I think the manager will have spoken to the owners and the people in charge at Leeds.
“Leeds are not a team that’s going to be a selling team – they’re such a big name.
“I don’t think that’s what Bielsa would want, he wouldn’t want to be part of that – a selling club.
“Everybody’s for sale at the right price but they should be looking to buy players from Leicester and not the other way round.
“I know Leicester are near the top of the Premier League but Leeds are such a big club.”
Leeds academy product Kalvin Phillips was the subject of a potential move to Aston Villa in the summer of 2019 after the Whites failed to win promotion to the Premier League.
The club responded by tying him down to a new long-term contract.