Danny Mills has claimed Leeds United have already started talks about keeping Marcelo Bielsa – but it will cost them £4million for him to stay on for another season.
The Argentine signed a two-year contract when he joined last summer but it allows him to leave now the season has finished if the club don’t activate their option to keep him.
Bielsa revealed in the wake of Leeds’ play-off heartache on Wednesday night would hold discussions with the club about whether he will remain as manager.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Mills explained how there will be various factors that come into play in terms of the 62-year-old’s situation.
“I believe there is an option that Leeds must activate for Bielsa to stay for a second season and you’re looking at another £4million to keep him,” Mills said.
“There are discussions to be had and I believe they would have started yesterday. There are are a lot of questions to be answered. Can he do it again? Does he have the hunger and desire? Does he want to stay for another season? Do Leeds have the funds to help him add to the squad?
“I think it depends on Bielsa. If he wants to stay, then, great, keep him.”
The Argentine steered Leeds to a third-placed Championship finish in his debut English campaign after they led the automatic promotion running for most of the season until a late collapse.
United lost 4-3 on aggregate to Derby County in the play-off semi-final after taking a 1-0 lead into the second leg at Elland Road on Wednesday night.