Noel Whelan has claimed Marcelo Bielsa could still walk away from Leeds United at the end of the season.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 65-year-old may choose not to sign a new deal if he feels he cannot take the club forward.
As quoted by Leeds Live on Friday, Bielsa revealed he would not commit to discussing a new contract until the season was over.
His comments came after owner Andrea Radrizzani told La Republicca there was a “will to continue” from both parties.
However, Whelan insisted Bielsa would not commit if he did not feel he could continue to take Leeds to new heights.
Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Marcelo Bielsa does things completely different to other managers. Another manager would go: ‘Yes, I’ve got a contract, I’ve got more money for the next two years.’
“Bielsa likes to work off a yearly basis and he doesn’t like to sign a contract unless he deserves it. Now that is a man that has a lot of honour, respect and credibility about his own managerial skills.
“He will question himself if he loses four out of the last five games and say: ‘Well, do I really deserve it? Can I take them forward any further?’
“You’ve got to understand that he’s not after the money. If it was he’d have signed it already by now. It’s about can he maintain what he’s doing and can he improve on this season, on next season?
“He’s a very humble man, it’s all about does he deserve the contract? Even now you’ve got to say yes but in his mind, he works himself very, very hard.
“That’s one good thing about a manager like that. It’s not about the money, it’s about whether he can improve the side and take them to the next level.”
The Argentine boss signed a one-year deal when he joined Leeds back in 2018.
The Whites then exercised an extension clause in his terms to keep him on board for the 2019/20 campaign.
His last contract announcement came a day before Leeds kicked off the current season against Liverpool in September.