Leeds: Marcelo Bielsa describes Diego Maradona as 'an artist'
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Massimiliano Allegri was reportedly not excited by the proposal put to him by Leeds United to become the club’s next manager. Leeds are reportedly on the lookout for a new manager in case Marcelo Bielsa leaves the club this summer. Bielsa’s current contract at Elland Road expires at the end of the season.
Bielsa has led Leeds to 12th in the Premier League table in the club’s first campaign in the top flight since 2004.
The Whites have captured the imagination of fans with their high-intensity, attacking football.
But Bielsa is yet to commit his future to the club and has previously stated he will wait until the summer before making a decision.
Former Juventus boss Allegri is a reported target to replace Bielsa.
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Duncan Castles of the Transfer Window podcast says there has been contact between Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani and Allegri.
However, the 53-year-old Italian is not keen on the idea and is holding out for one of the top jobs in world football.
Castles said: “[Leeds] want to go to the top of the market and try and get someone who you probably wouldn’t associate with a club who are currently mid-table in the Premier League as being a candidate.
“The information that I have is that they have made an approach to Max Allegri.
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“Available without compensation and I think that gives you a sense of where Radrizzani thinks he can get the club and the kind of managers he might be able to convince to come there.
“It doesn’t look like Allegri will be convinced in this case.
“The information that I have from people close to him is that the approach was made but it didn’t particularly excite him.
“He has an offer from AS Roma at present from their new owners to come back to Italian football and coach there, one that they wanted him to take on during this season, which he said ‘no thank you’.
“He’s waiting for one of the biggest jobs in world football, he wants a club at the very top level which he can have the opportunity to win the Champions League with.
“Real Madrid, with whose owner Florentino Perez he has a very good relationship, with whom he had an invite to coach there before which he turned down because the timing wasn’t right, is one that he has earmarked.”
Speaking in February, Bielsa insisted the final few months of the season will dictate where his future lies.
“If the club needs an answer before the end of the season, I will respond before the end of the season,” the Argentine said.
“But if this happens I will take the time to tell them that they should consider what happens in the last part of the season.
“In this case it’s possible that they could say to me ‘OK, we’ll wait until the end of the season’, or they may say to me ‘no, we need to resolve this before the end of the season’.
“If they need a response prior to the end of the season then I will give one.”
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