Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa on his future and Raphinha fitness
LEEDS UNITED head coach Marcelo Bielsa has reiterated that he intends to only speak directly about his future after the club's Premier League commitments are completed late next month.
Club owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he is in talks with the Argentine about a new contract and does not foresee any problems as aims to secure the future of the 65-year-old at t the club for a fourth season at Elland Road.
Speaking to L'Equipe, the Italian businessman also referenced his long-term plan and full commitment towards continuing to transform the club's fortunes whenever Bielsa elects to leave, while being naturally hopeful that the former Athletic Bilbao remains at the club for a good while yet.
Bielsa, whose side visit Brighton on Saturday, said: "Any reference to this subject, I prefer to make it after the competition is finished.
"I appreciate the words of the owner president in regards to my possible continuity.
"But I also agree with what he says that Leeds is preceded to be above any others (interests). With the solidness of this organisation, they have the facility to make adequate and correct decision."
Commenting on the situation in the past week, Radrizzani said: “I hope to extend it by the end of the season and I think it is possible. We are in discussions.
“There is a common will to continue and so far we have always got along well. We support Marcelo in his work and I think I can say that he is satisfied with his relations with the management of the club.
“Hopefully, we can continue to work together.
“Leeds United are bigger than Marcelo Bielsa If one day, for whatever reason, we were to split up with Marcelo, that wouldn’t change our objective, which is to one day put Leeds back to where this club was, so that it can once again play in the Champions League."
Meanwhile, Bielsa has confirmed that Raphinha (thigh) will miss a third match in a row and will sit out the weekend game at Brighton, although Rodrigo could be involved after recovering from a thigh injury.
Raphinha, a revelation since joining Leeds from French outfit Rennes, came off late in in the club's outstanding Premier League victory at champions-elect Manchester City after being on the receiving end of a heavy 89th-minute challenge from home midfielder Fernandinho, who was subsequently booked,.
On whether both players could feature, Bielsa commented: "Raphinha, no. Rodrigo yes.
"it is a little difficult to give a diagnosis (with Raphinha), prognosis or notification of when he will be available.
"It is a hit which created an internal hematoma and until that hematoma disappears, it causes pain and inhibits mobility.
"It can be resolved quickly or it can take longer. When the hematoma reduces and the player is no longer in pain, he will return quickly.
"The impression is we are in the final stages before he is finally good."
On Rodrigo, he continued: "He is healthy. That does not mean he is fit to play (start). We will see how many minutes."