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Marcelo Bielsa signs deal with Leeds United to become head coach

Respected Argentine coach signs contract and exchanges document with English Championship side.

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Then-Lille head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on during a French Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne last November.
Then-Lille head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on during a French Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne last November. Foto:Denis Charlet / AFP

In the last hour, Marcelo Bielsa has agreed and signed a contract to become the next head coach of Leeds United.

A source told the Times this evening that the Argentine coach had agreed terms with the Championship side. The Argentine coach he has signed a contract and at 6.45pm tonight, a copy was sent via email to club officials.

Sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed earlier this week that Leeds and Bielsa’s representatives were working toward a two-year deal with a break clause after the first 12 months, which would be positively activated should Leeds win promotion to the Premier League and reviewed should promotion not be attained.

“If Marcelo succeeds in promoting Leeds United to the Premier League, the two-year clause is fulfilled,” a source told the Times. “If Leeds do not [win promotion] to the Premier League, then the club has the first refusal [over whether] to extend the contract for another year, completing a two-year term.”

The deal for Bielsa is financially significant, with the Championship side having agreed to pay around four million euros a year to secure the services of the respected Argentine coach. That would make him the most well-paid manager in Leeds United’s history and indicate the strength of owner Andrea Radrizzani's desire to secure a long-awaited return to the Premier League.

The former Argentina and Chile manager – whose last job was at Lille in France – is believed to be seeking to bring in as many as six back-room staff.

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