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Following Bielsa deal, Leeds United tie Illan Meslier down to new long-term contract

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Following Bielsa deal, Leeds United tie Illan Meslier down to new long-term contract

Marcelo Bielsa staying put

Marcelo Bielsa would take charge of Leeds in 2018/19. The Argentine would completely transform the club.

The Argentine would secure promotion to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years for the Peacocks in 2019/20.

Then, on returning to the English top-flight, Bielsa guided Leeds to an impressive 9th-placed finish.

Following Bielsa deal, Leeds United tie Illan Meslier down to new long-term contract

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04:Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 04, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

And now, as confirmed by Leeds on Thursday, Bielsa is set to stay on at Ellan Road for another year, penning a fresh deal until the end of the 2021/22 season:

Meslier signs new deal

With a Bielsa deal wrapped up, Leeds have now moved to tie down one of their most promising young stars.

Illan Meslier would sign for the North Yorkshire outfit in July of 2020, departing French side FC Lorient for a fee believed to be around £5.85m.

Despite only being 21, Meslier was quickly made Leeds’ no.1, featuring in 35 of their 38 league ties last term.

The Frenchman would impress throughout, keeping 11 clean sheets and averaging 3.83 saves per 90, the highest total of the keepers still currently plying their trade in the English top-flight.

Now, after just over a year at the club, Meslier – whose previous contact ran until 2023 – has been rewarded with a new deal.

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