Argentinian wonderkid will snub Man United: ‘I want Bielsa to coach me’

Argentinian wonderkid Thiago Almada has openly snubbed Manchester United, dealing the club a blow by revealing he wants to move to Leeds United to play for Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentinian playmaker is considered as one of the best talents in South America and has already attracted the attention of several European giants.

The 19-year-old is one of the stars of Velez Sarsfield and he has scored four goals for the club in Argentina’s top division. Manchester City are also chasing Almada as Pep Guardiola sees him becoming David Silva‘s successor and The Sun reported earlier that both Arsenal and United were tracking him. But it now appears that Leeds United have the edge to sign the in-demand wonderkid.

He told TyC Sports: “I would like Bielsa to coach me. My friends sent me something about Bielsa, but I am calm. Whether it happens or not, we have to see. I don’t watch much soccer, but I saw some Leeds highlights and I saw something similar to what we did in Velez with (Gabriel) Heinze.”

It is believed that Almada has a €22m release clause in his contract, but interested clubs might be able to convince Velez to allow the youngster to leave the club for a smaller fee.