Argentine midfielder Maxi Rodriguez had many reasons to celebrate at the weekend.
The main one was his Uruguayan league title with Penarol after beating local rivals Nacional. The other one is for receiving a nice gift from someone very important in his career.
As published by the player on Twitter, Marcelo Bielsa has sent him a Leeds United shirt with an autograph and a short message (via Rosario 3).
“For Maxi, with affection and gratitude,” wrote the Leeds boss, who sent a contact to hand the shirt over to the player.
Both Bielsa and Rodriguez are from the city of Rosário, having started their careers at Newell’s Old Boys. The Leeds United boss has both played for and managed the Argentine club.
— Maxi Rodríguez (@MR11ok) November 12, 2018
It was under Bielsa that Rodriguez had his first cap for the national team, back in 2003, in a friendly match against Japan.
Rodriguez has some Premier League experience, having played for Liverpool between 2010 and 2012. He made 73 appearances for the Reds.
He’s 37 years of age now, perhaps beyond the age he could help out Leeds United.