The Leeds United manager has reiterated his desire to strengthen in January.

Marcelo Bielsa has stressed that Leeds United’s recruitment plans are not in his hands.

Speaking via the Yorkshire Evening Post at his pre-Derby press conference on Wednesday, Bielsa reiterated that Leeds are looking to strengthen in the January transfer window.

But the Whites manager – who has lost Jamal Blackman, Samu Saiz and now Lewis Baker, since the summer – stressed that only players who are better than those he already has will be signed this month.

And with Patrick Bamford, Kalvin Phillips, Gaetano Berardi, Izzy Brown and Stuart Dallas due to return in the coming weeks and months, Bielsa stated that Leeds will “solve the problem anyway”.

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Nevertheless, any player who does arrive at Elland Road, will have first been identified by Bielsa’s director of football, Victor Orta and not the veteran Argentine.

Asked if he could turn to those he has managed before, Bielsa replied: “Why do you ask this question? The one who is looking is Victor, he looks at the transfer window and he tells me the possibilities and I give my point of view on it.

“And, honestly, he hasn’t mentioned any player that I had before. But if it was the case, I am sure he would talk about it with me.”

Fernando Llorente, Ibai Gomez and Ezequiel Ponce are among those linked with a Bielsa reunion at Leeds.

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