Marcelo Bielsa says he has used the time since leaving Leeds United to improve himself as a manager.

Bielsa was speaking in his first official press conference since his appointment as Uruguay boss, which can be watched in full on AUFTV.

The 67-year-old has spent the last 15 months out of work following his exit from Leeds in February last year, which brought his three-and-a-half-year stay in West Yorkshire to an end.

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Leeds was the longest time Bielsa spent at a single club across the entirety of his management career, and as such, took a long break from the game to recharge his batteries.

During his time away, Bielsa was linked with the previously vacant managerial roles at Everton and Bournemouth, though for varying reasons an appointment never materialised.

Bielsa opens up on his time away from football

Bielsa will forever be revered at Leeds for the job he did while at the club, and his brand of football maybe something never seen in these parts again.

However, given the nature of the results during the back-end of his reign, his dismissal was difficult to argue with as Leeds lost five of his last six matches in charge, conceding 21 goals in the process.

With Bielsa now having finally made his return to football, he spoke of how he has ‘dedicated’ himself to improving and adapting his style to the modern game.

He said: “It’s been many years since I managed a national team. I always try to incorporate what’s new, but I have to convince myself that what is new will improve what I’m replacing.

“I spent over a year not working and that’s when I dedicated myself to learn about what’s new.”

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A new and improved Bielsa can only mean bad news for those he is set to be up against, particularly given the calibre of players he is set to work with.

Uruguay have a number of top class players in their talent pool, including the likes of Federico Valverde, Ronald Araujo and Darwin Nunez.

If Bielsa can get them playing to his tune, it could be a fearsome prospect.

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