The Argentine has emerged as one of the top candidates to take over at Athletic Bilbao this summer, with presidential candidate Inaki Arechabaleta nominating him as the man to replace Marcelino Garcia Toral.


Bielsa, who left Elland Road in February, previously managed the Spanish side from 2011 to 2013, and gave a live presentation on the prospect of returning to the San Mames ahead of next season.



And the 66-year-old compared Athletic Bilbao to Leeds and feels they are very similar when it comes to sprinting statistics during games.


“I found a very good team in the physical aspect and also very good work on set pieces”, Bielsa was quoted as saying by Spanish daily Marca.



“In sprinting they are very similar to Leeds, who were my last team, and a very important fact is that 95 per cent of the minutes that the team played, they used 18 players”.


Bielsa added that he changed the way he approached training his players during his stints at Elland Road, Marseille and Lille, and stressed that the Whites were top of running statistics across Europe in the last two seasons, while he also handed out debuts to seven players during that period.



“At Marseille, Lille and Leeds there was a very important change in my way of training because the evaluation and measurement of workload was used as a resource of great value.


“My time at Athletic made me start to think that there were things that I should polish and perfect to improve the method of preparing my players.


“Leeds were the team that ran the most in Europe in the last two seasons and in the Premier League we had seven debutants.”


Bielsa has attained cult status at Leeds and the Whites faithful will be keeping a close eye on whether the Argentine will return to management this summer.