Leeds United spent 30 hours of “intense” talks discussing the club’s future with manager Marcelo Bielsa as they looked to trigger his extension clause for another season, according to Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton.
The Whites revealed on Tuesday that the Argentine, who managed to lead Leeds to a play-off semi final after an exciting promotion push, would be at Elland Road next season after extending his stay.
Speaking of the discussions which took place prior to the announcement, Tim Thornton revealed that there were three days of crunch discussions, revealing what was talked about between the parties.
The broadcast reporter said on Sky Sports News (28/05, 17:40): “Intense talks took place last week with Bielsa, 30 hours of talks within three days. Not once though did they talk about his salary.
“It was all about the planning for next season, transfer strategy, upgrades to the training facilities as well.”
It seemed unlikely that Bielsa would be on his way after an enjoyable but ultimately unsuccessful year at Leeds – he has plenty more to offer and will no doubt want to go one step further than this season. It seems as though his reason for staying is solely footballing based and that is exactly what the fans want to hear. Yes, his wage might play a factor but it proves his intentions at Elland Road are to improve to club and return them to the heights that they have been away from for so long. It is fascinating to get an insight into what goes on behind closed doors and you know that Bielsa, Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta will have been working on laying a foundation for the club’s summer plans and beyond. The Whites are in good hands under Bielsa and there is unfinished business to address when the Championship kicks off again after the summer break.