Bielsa holds Leeds contract talks

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    Marcelo BielsaMarcelo Bielsa joined Leeds in 2018

    Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa has held talks with the club over a new contract and is "not considering alternatives."

    The Argentine, 65, who has been at Leeds since 2018, signed a one-year deal 24 hours before the start of the current season in September.

    He reiterated he would decide his future after the final game of the season, at home to West Brom on Sunday.

    "The evaluation of the continuity of a manager is such a delicate decision," he said.

    But he added: "I can't not say I have revised with the authorities of the club all the variables that means to carry on.

    "I am not considering any alternative option. I am being sincere, I do not have alternative options."

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    Gaetano BerardiBerardi joined Leeds in 2014 and is the club's longest-serving first-team player

    Leeds have also announced that Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi, who helped he club win promotion to the Premier League in 2020, will leave the club in the summer.

    Swiss defender Berardi has become Leeds' longest-serving first-team player since arriving in 2014.

    The 32-year-old, who suffered a serious knee injury at the end of last season, made his Premier League debut against Southampton on Tuesday.

    Spanish midfielder Hernandez, 36, has made 16 appearances this season.

    "Both players have had a huge impact and will go down in history," a Leeds statement read.

    "Both will always be welcome back at Elland Road."

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