Phillips elated by 'massive' reported update on Bielsa signing new Leeds deal
Kevin Phillips has claimed it would be a “massive coup” for Leeds United if Marcelo Bielsa puts pen to paper on a new two-year deal.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Sunderland and England striker said confirmation of the 65-year-old’s long-term stay at Elland Road would be “like signing a top player”.
Argentinian outlet La Nacion claim Bielsa is ‘very close’ to agreeing a new two-year deal with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani.
His current deal is set to expire this summer, having signed a 12-month contract shortly before the 2020-21 campaign.
The Whites appointed the former Lazio, Marseille and Athletic Bilbao manager in June 2018 and he has won 70 of his 133 games in charge.
When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on the news out of Argentina, Phillips said: “We will see if he actually puts pen to paper because Bielsa is certainly his own man.
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“From Leeds’ point of view, it would be great news if he signed a two-year deal. It would be like signing a top player.
“He is an amazing manager who has brings such a refreshing style of football. I’m a big fan. You get the impression that he does not care what others think and just goes about his job.
“If they can get him committed to a two-year deal, it would be a massive coup for the club. It would also help them attract players to come and play for Leeds.
“He will want to manage Leeds when there is a crowd in, a full Elland Road jumping and bouncing. It would be a great signing for them if he was to put pen to paper.”