Chris Sutton reckons Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa's head could be turned by Tottenham
Chris Sutton has told BBC Radio 5 Live that he reckons Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa might have his head turned by Tottenham this summer as Spurs continue to look to replace Jose Mourinho – questioning why he has not signed a new deal.
Bielsa, 65, remains out of contract in June but is renowned for working on a year-by-year basis. He likes to wait until the end of the season before penning a new deal, and he has already stated that he sees himself finishing his managerial career at Leeds.
While he has stated his love and desire to remain at Leeds, that contract has still not been extended – as per the norm for Bielsa – with two games still to play. Sutton, though, reckons he might have his head turned should Tottenham come calling.
Speaking alongside Robbie Savage, Sutton claimed that a source had informed him that Tottenham could go after the £115,000-a-week (Star) this summer – but was confronted by an angry Leeds fan. Sutton suggested Bielsa might have his head turned.
Speaking to a Leeds fan during Saturday’s 606, Sutton said: “He’s not signed a new contract with Leeds United. Everybody gets their head turned, everyone gets their head turned. My source is not Marcelo Bielsa, but I will have a word with my source.
He continued, to Leeds fan Derek: “I understand your point but the fact of the matter is, whether you like it or not, he hasn’t signed a new contract for next season. Is something amiss?”
TBR’s view – Bielsa will not join another English club
Sutton is renowned for being outspoken, and almost a wind-up when it comes to his punditry. Bielsa does remain out of contract this summer but he isn’t going to another English club. If he does leave, it will be somewhere else in the world.
But even then, Bielsa is a man of principles – and is running out of time when it comes to his remaining years in the managerial world. Why would he leave Leeds, unless it is to join a side that sit fondly in his heart?
The only club Bielsa might consider leaving Leeds for is Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys. A return is likely but until then, surely, he will remain in the dugout at Elland Road – as things stand.
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