Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa paid tribute to a retiring Argentine footballer.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa paid tribute to retiring Argentine footballer Pablo Guinazu at the weekend.

Guinazu, 41, held a farewell match at the weekend at Argentina’s Mario Kempes Stadium.

The midfielder began his career at Bielsa’s former club Newell’s Old Boys, making his debut back in 1996.

He shared a farewell video on Instagram sent to him by Bielsa, wearing his Leeds United training gear.

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Marca report that Bielsa in his video praised Guinazu, saying he was, “proud of his status as a professional footballer” and stresses that “he was not only aware of his rights, but also of his obligations” and also as “a man who conveyed generosity and commitment”.

Guinazu’s message on Instagram in response to Bielsa read: “I am very honored to hear these words! Very grateful for everything he taught me for my career and my life. Thank you for giving so much to world football!”

Bielsa handed Guinazu his international debut with Argentina in 2003. He went on to earn 16 caps.

He played in Italy, Russia, Paraguay and Brazil before his final stint with Talleres in Argentina between 2016 and 2019.

Bielsa’s message demonstrates he never forgets players he worked with, and if he likes them, he will make the effort to stay in contact.

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