Leeds United defender Diego Llorente has praised manager Marcelo Bielsa, saying he can see himself improving under the Argentine’s guidance.
Llorente joined Leeds in an €18m deal from Real Sociedad in the summer as Bielsa looked to bolster his defensive line after losing Ben White, who returned to parent club Brighton after his loan spell ended.
The Spaniard has had something of a difficult first year at Elland Road, with just seven Premier League appearances to his name so far.
That has largely been due to injury, with a groin injury ruling him out until January and a hamstring injury then seeing him sit on the sidelines towards the end of January, beginning of February.
He’s since bounced back and started all five of Leeds last five Premier League games, playing ninety minutes in all of them.
It appears he’s earned the trust of Bielsa, a manager the Spaniard says lives up to his reputation.
“I had some positive references to him, and everything I’ve heard about him is true,” he told AS.
“He has a very particular methodology and gives direct preference to the game in every training exercise and is very analytical.
“He has a knowledge of football that he transmits very well, and I think that at this stage, I am going to improve as a player.
“He tends to show you videos on an individual level to see what you can improve because sometimes we don’t realise certain vices that we carry with us and to improve in returning to position, in pressing or helping the team without the ball.
“Once you see it, you realise it and try to improve.”