Marcelo Bielsa says he is grateful for comments from Leeds president Andrea Radrizzani after initial talks on the head coach’s extended deal.
Bielsa adamantly refuses to discuss his future until the end of the season due to his preference for signing one-year contracts.
Radrizzani said last week in an interview with the French sports daily The team that he hoped the two sides would come to an agreement.
“Any reference to that, I’d rather make after the competition is over,” said Bielsa, whose side tried to extend their six-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League on Saturday at Brighton.
“I appreciate the owner’s words about my continuity, but I agree with what he said about Leeds being more prestigious than the rest.
“Because of the strength of this organization, they have the ability to make the right decisions.”
Bielsa is in his third year as head coach at Elland Road. Leeds lost in the Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-finals in their first season before bringing them back to the top flight for the first time in 16 years in their second.
He turned the club from a mid-table league side to the Premier League’s top 10 challengers.
Radrizzani said The team there was “a common will to continue” and that Bielsa was “satisfied with his relationship with the club management”.
“Once again, we are very happy with him and we hope to extend him,” said Radrizzani. “But you also have to understand that Leeds United are bigger than Marcelo Bielsa.
“If one day, for some reason, we were to part ways with Marcelo, that wouldn’t change our goal, which is one day to get Leeds back to where they were, so they can play in the Champions (League) again. “
In Leeds’ six-game unbeaten streak, they drew against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United and beat Manchester City.
They are currently ninth in the table and will be reinforced at Brighton by the return to the dispute from Rodrigo, signing of the club’s record.
The Spain forward has only made one appearance since mid-March due to a muscle injury he initially suffered during the Leicester victory in January.
Leeds will always be without Raphinha. The Brazilian winger limped from his team’s shock victory over City at the Etihad Stadium with a badly bruised thigh.
Brighton, who have yet to ensure their safety in the Premier League, won 1-0 at Elland Road in January and Bielsa believes he is in a false position in the table.
“Sometimes results coincide with performance and other times not,” added Bielsa. “Brighton are a team unfairly in the lower end of the table.
“All the stocks you can analyze, they all position (Brighton) higher than (the position) they occupy.”