Marcelo Bielsa said it would be better for Leeds to wait until the end of the season before deciding whether to renew his contract.
But Bielsa, who signed a one-year extension in September after Leeds won promotion to the Premier League, insisted it didn’t mean he wanted to leave Elland Road.
“The first thing I want to highlight because it seems that the president is offering me an extension and I’m delaying it,” said Bielsa.
“It could be interpreted to mean that the club wants me to stay more than I do, and that’s not the case.”
“I do not want to position myself in any way over the club. I repeat, I will not manage any other options until my job is done here in Leeds. There is no speculation on my part.”
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has made it clear that Bielsa should stay in the role and that the club has been waiting for the Argentine’s decision.
Bielsa added: “Second, the decision to work at a club for another year is so important that you need to have a clear certainty.
” When you have a third of the season to play, things may happen during this time that will change judgment, which is useful. This is my reasoning.
“If the club needs an answer before the end of the season, I will reply before the end of the season.
” But when that happens I will take the time to tell you to think about the last part of the season. “
Leeds, who host Southampton tonight, are 12th in the table after Bielsa led them back into the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
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