Marcelo Bielsa could pen new Leeds United deal in coming days

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Leeds United look like they're on the cusp of returning to their former glory.

After emphatically securing promotion from the Championship last term the Whites face a massive challenge in adjusting back to life in the Premier League.

It's been 16 years since the Yorkshire side last graced the top flight, and things have certainly changed since they last graced the stage.

Signing new players is going to be a huge part of Leeds' plans to consolidate their place in the top tier, but it's even more important to retain the key figures already at the club.

If you're looking for people who are vital to the club's success, you can't look any further than Marcelo Bielsa.

The Argentine arrived two years ago and completely transformed the way that Leeds approached the game.

With a mix of high-intensity pressing and attacking football, the Whites are among the most eye-catching sides in the country.

Bielsa's contract at Elland Road expired at the end of the season, and with the campaign just five weeks away it's a pressing matter to get him to pen a new deal.

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But according to Phil Hay of The Athletic, this is something that will hopefully be agreed in the coming days.

Writing for The Athletic, Hay said: “Sources close to Bielsa are confident that a deal will be announced before his players resume training at Thorp Arch on Wednesday.

“He will not sign until the terms of his contract are crystal clear.

“The 12-month extension Bielsa signed last summer is up and Leeds are in the process of trying to renew it.

“Neither side of the negotiation expects the discussions to fail but there is no such thing as a quick resolution with Bielsa.

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“As Leeds found when they first appointed him (and almost missed the deadline to apply for his work permit), he won’t be rushed.

"He will not sign until the terms of his contract are crystal clear. And very rarely do his expectations revolve around money.

“Leeds are more than two weeks on from promotion now and just over five weeks away from the new season, but Orta is optimistic.

“’We’re having very positive talks with Marcelo daily,’ he says. ‘We’re hoping that we’re going to be working towards the Premier League season (with him) because we’re planning a really good project there.’"

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Signing Marcelo Bielsa up to a new deal is essential.

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The Argentine has been nothing short of a miracle appointment after arriving at Elland Road two years ago.

Few knew how the erratic manager would cope with life at Leeds United, but we've all been pleasantly surprised.

The job that Bielsa has done by not only challenging for promotion, but securing a place in the Premier League must not be underestimated - after all the second tier is renowned for being one of the toughest leagues in the world.

Now he'll have his chance to lead the club into the top flight - a challenge that deserves a manager like Bielsa at the helm.

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