Marcelo Bielsa has dropped a big hint he will remain at Leeds United next season after holding an extended transfer meeting with Victor Orta on Saturday, Football Insider can reveal.
The United manager’s future is up in the air in the wake of Wednesday’s play-off heartache and he subsequently admitted he will have talks with the club hierarchy before they activate the option in his contract for him to return for a second campaign.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Bielsa is already planning for next season by identifying transfer targets and suggesting improvements to the club’s Thorp Arch training base.
The Argentine met director of football Victor Orta at the Sky Lounge venue in Leeds on Saturday to thrash out a list of potential signings and discuss a shake-up of the United senior squad.
Bielsa steered the Yorkshire giants to a third-placed finish in his debut campaign in English football after taking over last summer a team who had finished 13th the previous season.
Leeds ultimately fell short in their play-off quest, with Derby County defeating them to face Aston Villa in the Wembley final on Monday week, but the 63-year-old is planning to go one better and secure automatic promotion next season.