Former Leeds United midfielder Carlton Palmer has told Football FanCast in an exclusive interview that he expects Marcelo Bielsa to remain at Elland Road.
Bielsa has done an excellent job this season, steering the Whites clear from any sort of real relegation trouble following their return to the Premier League. However, the 65-year-old’s contract is up in the summer, resulting in talk about a potential exit.
There is still, of course, plenty of time for Bielsa to put pen to paper on a new deal and extend his stay in Yorkshire. And for Palmer, that is the more likely outcome, with the retired England international adamant English football’s top flight is where most managers want to be.
Speaking exclusively to FFC about Bielsa’s future, Palmer said:
“Bielsa made it very, very clear he wasn’t going to make a decision about his future until the end of the season. He made that very clear, and I think once he gets to the end of the season and he sits down with the chairman and funds are made available for him to take the side forward, I fully see Bielsa being at Leeds United next season.
“Listen, the Premier League’s the only place to be; there’s very few jobs outside of the Premier League that are worth taking. The Premier League is the best place to be as a footballer and as a manager, so I really don’t see Bielsa leaving Leeds United.”
As for matters on the pitch, Leeds’ focus will simply be on trying to finish as high as possible in the table, with a place in the top half certainly a realistic goal.