It would take something “absolutely drastic” to stop Marcelo Bielsa from signing a new Leeds United contract, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender backed the Argentine to lead the club for a fourth season next term.
Football Insider understands Leeds are confident of securing Bielsa and his assistants to another 12-month agreement.
They are in line for a pay rise after guiding the Yorkshire giants to a ninth-place finish. It will cost the club over £7million in total.
Last summer the 65-year-old did not put pen to paper on a new deal until a day before the season opener against Liverpool at Anfield.
Asked whether it was key a new deal is done quickly to aid recruitment, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Bielsa, unlike most managers, has quite a lot of say on who doesn’t come in rather than who comes in.
“There’s no point Victor Orta buying a player if Bielsa doesn’t want him. It’s not going to happen. You’re never going to tell Bielsa what to do.
“If it’s pretty much done, they’ll be saying to players ‘This is the situation, he’s about to sign.’
“I don’t think that will have a huge effect on recruitment.
“We all know that Bielsa’s going to be there barring something absolutely drastic that nobody really expects to happen.”
Bielsa has now spent more time at Leeds than any other of his previous clubs.
He has overseen 140 games across all competitions and has a win rate of 52.9 per cent.