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Bielsa confirms Leeds United backroom staff as Benat Labaien leaves for Real Sociedad

Bielsa confirms Leeds United backroom staff as Benat Labaien leaves for Real Sociedad

Marcelo Bielsa has confirmed his backroom staff at new club Leeds United after seeing Benat Labeien leave for Real Sociedad.

After seeing Paul Heckingbottom sacked at Elland Road earlier this month, assistant Jamie Clapham, Nathan Winder and now – Labeien have left the English club.

Labeien has taken a role with La Real, becoming an analyst for the Basque club ahead of next season and that has prompted new Leeds boss Bielsa to select his backroom staff for the new season.

Bielsa, who flies into England later this week, has hauled in five new recruits to help in as he seeks promotion to the Premier League.

Fellow Argentine Pablo Quiroga comes in alongside the former Athletic Club coach to assist with video analysis, whilst Diego Reyes will assist actively in training sessions.

Diego Flores also arrives as a technical coach having helped Bielsa during his time at French side Marseille. Salim Lamrani and Gabriel Macaya also arrive at the club.

Aside from Bielsa’s backroom staff, it looks certain that Jon Aurtenetxe will arrive following his release from Scottish side Dundee.

The defender was a key member of Athletic’s successful Copa del Rey final and Europa League final runs in 2012 and enjoyed his best career spell under the Argentine coach.

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