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Leeds reportedly want 72-time international that raved about Bielsa in 2015

Leeds United are reportedly interested in signing Cameroon defender Nicolas N’Koulou this summer with the Torino star’s contract due to expire at the end of June – and his comments on Marcelo Bielsa clearly suggests he would be keen on a move.

N’Koulou, 30, is a experienced defender having clocked up 128 appearances for Torino. He has played more than 200 times for Marseille, and over a combined 100 games for Lyon and Monaco. The defender has also won 72 caps for his country.

But his contract at Torino is due to expire this summer – with the African having dropped out of the starting line-up at the Serie A outfit. Indeed, N’Koulou has only managed 14 appearances in all competitions for Torino this summer.

CalcioMercato claim that Leeds want to sign N’Koulou on a free transfer, a move that would see the defender form a reunion with Bielsa – having worked under him in 2014-15. His comments on Bielsa in 2015 suggests he might be tempted.

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“I think he should stay because in a year, he has been able to revolutionise the club. For me, Marseille needs a coach like that to become a great institution,” N’Koulou said about Bielsa, as per ESPN.

“Personally, I have enjoyed working with him. He has given me a lot this season. I was able to get back to the level that I had and which made me known. He’s a coach with really great abilities.”

TBR’s view – N’Koulou is a top, top player

And a bargain on a free transfer. But would he expect to start at Leeds? If so, then he might have to consider other options. The Whites have Diego Llorente and Robin Koch having signed them last summer – as well as Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk.

For once in Bielsa’s reign at Leeds, they are well-stocked at centre-back – even if Gaetano Berardi leaves the club in the summer. Time will tell, but even if N’Koulou is available for nothing, Leeds really do not need the African ace.

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