Leeds have confirmed that head coach Marcelo Bielsa has signed a one-year extension to remain in charge of the first team after bringing them back to the Premier League following 16 years of waiting.
The Argentine manager also ended the club’s long trophy drought after winning the Championship in July since they last landed a silverware in 1992.
Bielsa initially signed a two-year contract with Leeds when he arrived in summer 2018 with an option to extend for another season.
“I will be working the next season at Leeds United. Everything has been sorted and it is definite that I will be here next season,” Bielsa said.
Leeds will begin the Premier League campaign after a long wait with Champions Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.
The club released an offical statement that reads: “Leeds United are pleased to confirm that Marcelo Bielsa has singed a new one-year deal with the club and reamain as head coach for the 2020/21 season.
“Under his tenure, starting with a 3-1 victory over Stoke City at Elland Road in August 2018, the former Argentina and Chile head coach has taken charge of a total of 100 games for the Whites, winning 56, drawing 17 and losing 27 over two seasons.
“Bielsa last season guided Leeds to the Sky Bet Championship title, winning the league by 10 points and creating history in the club’s centenary campaign.
“The feet earned Leeds United a return to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years, which will get underway on Saturday, with an away trip to Anfield to take on champions Liverpool.”
Bielsa has been described by Pep Guardiola as the ‘best coach he has ever seen’ and former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has described him as his ‘football father’ following his 30 years on the job and his influence on the game.
Leeds approached Beilsa in 2018 and asked him to get them back to the Premier League and the mission has been accomplished.