Marcelo Gallardo is the latest new name to be linked with Leeds United as a replacement for Jesse Marsch – but a report from Spanish newspaper Marca claims that Gallardo is in no rush to find a new club, rejecting Ajax recently.

Gallardo, 47, is without a job after leaving Argentine giants River Plate in December. It saw the highly-rated boss end an eight-year spell with River Plate, clocking up 424 games in charge. He won 14 honours during his time at River.

Now, he remains without a job. Recently, he took charge of a Saudi Arabia all-star side that included Cristiano Ronaldo, against PSG. But he is in no rush to return to management, even rejecting Eredivisie giants Ajax a few weeks ago.

The report does state that Gallardo is aware that a number of European clubs are keen. But, after clocking up more than 400 games at River, and more than eight years in the role – Gallardo is in no rush to find himself a new home.

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Gallardo linked with Leeds, he rejected Ajax recently and is in no rush

It comes after The Times said that Gallardo was one of three names left on our shortlist to replace Marsch. Alongside, Rayo Vallecano’s Andoni Iraola and Feyenoord gaffer Arne Slot. Tim Thornton has said Slot is not a contender.

So, there is a real chance that Gallardo could be tempted by Leeds, given he is out of work. He would be a superb appointment at Elland Road, given his work, loyalty and honours at River. But, Gallardo is willing to sit it out for a while.

Leeds need a manager to come in in the next few days and that may mean, Gallardo is put to one side. Leeds may be more tempting than Ajax given it is the Premier League, and the funds on offer. But, even then, Gallardo may wait.

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