Marcelo Bielsa has humbly explained why he still hopes to improve his English before signing a new deal at Leeds United, after once again insisting that any decisions on his future will be put on hold until the summer.
Reports in his native Argentina earlier this month suggested Bielsa had agreed to a two-year extension to his contract as Leeds boss. The 65-year-old quickly poured cold water over the speech and said he would release the information if and when it arrived. And now it looks like talks are underway to take Bielsa in his fourth season in West Yorkshire.
Bielsa arrived in June 2018, replacing Paul Heckingbottom, but his contract expires this summer.
Andrea Radrizzani is convinced, however, that another deal is imminent, as Bielsa prepares for a top 10 in the Premier League this quarter.
Talk to The team, Radrizzani said: “I hope to extend it by the end of the season and I think it is possible. We are in discussion.
“There is a common will to continue and so far we have always gotten along well. We support Marcelo in his work and I think I can say that he is satisfied with his relationship with the club management.
“I hope we can continue to work together.”
When asked again if he shares Radrizzani’s optimism on a new deal, Bielsa is adamant that any decision will be on hold until the end of the season.
“Any reference to this subject, I prefer to make once the competition is over,” insisted Bielsa. “I appreciate the owner’s words about my continuity, but I agree with what he said about Leeds being more prestigious than the rest.
“Because of the strength of this organization, they have the ability to make adequate / correct decisions.”
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Bielsa apologizes for not mastering English
Bielsa admits that he is’weakened ”by his inability to communicate effectively in English. Being the perfectionist that he is, the Leeds boss wants to get his point across clearly before speaking in the language.
“One of my big shortcomings in English football is not being able to communicate in the language everyone speaks. In a way, it weakens me, the fact that I haven’t learned to speak English, ”he added.
“Like what you said, and I share that completely. One of the great tools a coach has is to convey his message through his words. One of the things I’ve spent the most time on as a coach is talking well.
“If there’s anything I love to do, it’s to give meaning and definition to words. To put it in the simplest way, without losing any wealth, what I want to say.
“It is difficult to speak in Spanish to express my ideas simply and briefly. The decision I made to do this in a language that was not mine is to say if I can’t say it in Spanish how can I say it in English?
“The first one who doesn’t believe it is myself, but it’s my reality. I owe an apology to those who have to listen to me.
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