Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa says he has no plans to coach Mexico
Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa said he has no plans to abandon the Ligue 1 club to coach Mexico's national team, nor has he had any formal contact with the Mexico Football Federation regarding the job opportunity.
"I haven't spoken with anyone in the Mexico federation and that is sufficient to consider hypothetical and I never talk about hypothetical situations," Bielsa said at a news conference on Thursday as the club prepares for the season opener against Caen on Aug. 8.
The Argentine added that he is close to a deal to renew his existing OM contract, which he said runs through 2017.
Speculation about Bielsa and the Mexico team was fueled by the fact that his contract is up for renewal but also includes clauses that would allow for his exit.
"The terms have been agreed upon but we haven't signed the document," Bielsa said, while apologising for his struggles with French. "The negotiation has nuances in terms of the extension. I am eager for the season to start because we have a competitive side."
The signing of Argentina defender Milton Casco from Newell's Old Boys this week marked OM's 10th summer signing as Bielsa oversees an overhaul of the squad.