The five key quotes from Marcelo Bielsa's pre-Wolverhampton Wanderers press conference
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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa spoke ahead of his teams match against Wolverhampton Wanderers as the Whites return to action in the Premier League following the international break.

Bielsa talked about the signing of Raphinha, his satisfaction with the business done in the transfer window, Kalvin Phillips' time in the England squad, and how Wolves have adjusted to life in the top flight.

Bielsa gives team news before Wolves clash

The Leeds boss began his news conference by giving an update on the squad ahead of Wolves' visit.

"Pablo (Hernandez) is fine. [Mateusz] Klich, I have no news of him having any difficulties. [Diego] Llorente has a muscular problem. [Liam] Cooper also has a muscular problem, but it's not as bad, which puts him at risk of missing the Wolves game on Monday.

"All the internationals returned without any problems: Klich, [Stuart] Dallas, [Kalvin] Phillips and [Ezgjan] Alioski, Rodrigo and Tyler Roberts without any issues."

"They are a team that is consolidated in the league"

Bielsa talked about how well Wolves have adapted to life in the Premier League as they have finished in the top ten in their first two seasons back, including bringing Europa League football to the Molineux Stadium last season.

"More than them having some new players they are incorporating into their team, they are a team that is consolidated in the league, with a system ingrained within their players, with powerful competitiveness. This shows or talks very well about the job they have done in their two seasons."

Raphinha signing excites Whites boss

Signed from Ligue 1 side Rennes, Raphinha joins Leeds on a four-year contract and Bielsa is happy to have another option in the middle of the park.

"He's an additional alternative to the right-wing position, left-wing position and eventually to the central, offensive midfield position. Fundamentally, he's a winger who can play on the right or left-hand side. His adaptation has been very quick, instant. He's a player who can adapt very easily to our style of play."

"We were able to incorporate the players we needed"

The Leeds manager was satisfied with the work director of football Victor Orta did to strengthen the squad.

"I am totally satisfied and grateful for the work Victor Orta has done and also the group that helps him. I also value the contribution of the club, the president as we were able to incorporate the players we needed. They were of a very high level. We are very happy."

"Things he picks up with England will make him better"

Bielsa commented on the action Kalvin Phillips saw with the English national team during the international break and he feels it can only help the midfielder.

"Phillips is a versatile player and he can play in different styles. In the national team, he plays in the center of the pitch. In our team, he plays in the same position. Things he picks up with England will surely make him better.

"It's a very positive one (experience) as he competes at international level. He's also disputing for a place with the best players in England."

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