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Marcelo Bielsa agrees deal with Leeds ahead of Premier League return

Brentford v Leeds United – Sky Bet Championship – Griffin Park
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Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed he is staying with Leeds for their first season back in the Premier League.

The Argentinian head coach guided Leeds back to the top flight after a 16-year absence in July but, despite the club insisting a new deal was due, an agreement has not been formally announced.

Bielsa has made quite the impact in Leeds

Bielsa has made quite the impact in Leeds (Tim Goode/PA)

However, speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s season opener with Liverpool, Bielsa said: “I will be working the next season at Leeds United.”

The club did not immediately make an official announcement but Bielsa added: “Everything has been sorted. It’s definite that I will be here next season.”

Bielsa said Saturday’s trip to Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp’s champions would be “a very special game”.

“They are one of the best teams in the world, with a fine system and very good players,” said the Argentinian.

Bielsa is staying at Leeds

Bielsa is staying at Leeds (Tim Goode/PA)

“It’s difficult to say how our players are going to adjust to the Premier League. We have prepared for this, but we need to show it on the pitch.”

Bielsa said that he will not be changing his team’s style of play following promotion.

“To begin with we will try to play the same way,” he added.