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Noel Whelan has suggested Marcelo Bielsa may have a gentleman’s agreement to stay at Leeds United next season.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Argentine boss would not be tempted by another job.

As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham considered making a move for the Leeds boss but it is unlikely the he would consider leaving Elland Road.

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The Telegraph claim the Leeds hierarchy have “no concerns” about Bielsa leaving and are expecting a new contract to be signed when the season is over.

Since joining Leeds, the 65-year-old has signed a one-year extension each summer.

His current deal was announced on the eve of the 2020/21 Premier League season last September.

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Whelan suggested Bielsa’s only focus is Leeds United and suggested he may have already reached an agreement to stay.

Asked if he thought Bielsa may have a gentleman’s agreement in place with the club, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “Yeah. Look, I don’t think Marcelo would walk away from this club.

“Mr Radrizzani and Marcelo have a great relationship and he knows how he works. He knows he’s going to get to the end of the season, he’s not going to rush this.

“The integrity of the man is 100 per cent. If they’ve got an agreement, which I’m sure they have, they have, there’s nothing to worry about.

“We will have what we had at the beginning of this season, with other players to choose from but with one of the best managers in the league. He’s got one good season under his belt but I’m sure he’s going to want to emulate and better this next season.

“The challenge is still there. He doesn’t lose that energy, intensity and love for the game we see from him on the sidelines. Nobody wants to lose Marcelo and I don’t think he’d be tempted by the Tottenham job.” 

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gestures

Leeds picked up their 16th win of the season on Saturday with a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley.

It was Bielsa’s 138th match in charge of the Whites, 72 of which have ended in victory.

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