By Mark Walker, Press Association Sport
Published: 10:14 BST, 26 September 2020 | Updated: 10:14 BST, 26 September 2020
Marcelo Bielsa has insisted Leeds captain Liam Cooper 'is a huge part of this club' following the arrival of Spain defender Diego Llorente.
Llorente, 27, completed a reported £18million move from Real Sociedad this week, while another international centre-half, Germany's Robin Koch, joined Leeds last month from Freiburg for a fee of around £13m.
Cooper, 29, returned to central defence in last week's 4-3 home win against Fulham after a calf injury and is poised to make his 200th appearance for Leeds in Sunday's Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United.
Marcelo Bielsa thinks Liam Cooper (above) is still crucial to Leeds after signings two defenders
Diego Llorente moved to Elland Road from Real Sociedad this week for £18million
'In principle I think he will play and Cooper is a huge part of this club,' Bielsa said. 'I'm referring to the patrimony between him and the institution.
'Institutions are bigger when they have patrimonies like this, when they have someone who behaves in an impeccable manner, as Cooper does.'
Leeds' versatile defender Gaetano Berardi sustained a long-term knee injury at the end of last season and Ben White returned to parent club Brighton, where he has since signed a