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Potential Marcelo Bielsa replacement seemingly moves closer to Leeds United switch with major decision

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The chances of Diego Martinez taking over from Marcelo Bielsa as Leeds United manager appear to have increased.

That’s after a report from Diario De Cadiz claimed that Martinez has now turned the chance of managing a third La Liga club, in favour of a move to the Premier League.

With Bielsa out of contract at Leeds this summer, speculation remains rife around his long-term future at Elland Road, not least given the club’s struggles this season.

Martinez, who has been out of work since leaving Granada last year, is one of those who has been touted as a possible successor to the Argentine in Yorkshire.

Now it seems as though that is a move that the 41-year-old himself is keen to make happen, even if it means passing up more immediate opportunities elsewhere.

According to this latest update, Martinez has no rejected the chance to take over as manager of Cadiz, having previously knocked back similar approaches from two other La Liga sides, Getafe and Levante.

It is claimed that is due to the fact that he is keen to manage in the Premier League, with Leeds said to be his most likely destination.

This certainly looks like being one well worth keeping an eye on in the months to come.

If Martinez is regularly turning down offers such as these, it seems clear that he has his heart set on a move to the Premier League, and potentially Leeds.

Given the success he enjoyed with Granada – taking them to European football for the first time in their history – there can be no doubt he has the potential to be a decent appointment for Leeds.

However, there is still no guarantee that Bielsa will indeed be leaving Elland Road at the end of this season, and if he does stay for the 2022/23 campaign, it will be interesting to see how long Martinez is willing to wait for this opportunity.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.

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