LEEDS UNITED will offer Marcelo Bielsa a new contract as the Argentinian weighs-up his future amid promotion heartbreak.
The 63-year-old and his side lost 4-3 on aggregate to Frank Lampard’s Derby County last night in the play-off semi-final to end their Premier League hopes.
Bielsa reacted to that setback by insisting he would listen to any offer made to him to stay at Elland Road for another season.
Now the Championship giants are ready to activate a pre-agreed option to extend his deal, according to the Yorkshire Post.
Had Bielsa delivered promotion then his contract would automatically have ran on for another season.
But Leeds chief Andrea Radrizzani also negotiated the right to renew the deal at the end of each campaign for up to three years.
A gentleman’s agreement was also made that would allow Bielsa to leave if he no longer wanted to job – but the Yorkshire club do have clauses to protect them if he quits for another team.
However, the dramatic transformation under the South American over the past season has convinced Leeds that he is the man to lead them back to the top flight.
Talks have already taken place between the two camps regarding changes to Leeds’ Thorp Arch training complex.
And Radrizzani is prepared to offer Bielsa further investments if he commits his future to them.
When quizzed whether he will stay after the Derby defeat, Bielsa said: “As you can imagine, it's not convenient to talk about this right now.
“This process, you know about it, is that if the club offers me the possibility to carry on I will listen to their proposal.”
Derby will now meet Aston Villa at Wembley in the play-off final on Monday 27 May.
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