By Will Butcher
Leeds star Pontus Jansson has revealed his desperation to make his loan switch to Elland Road a permanent transfer.
The eight-time capped Sweden international is currently on a season-long loan with the Yorkshire giants from Serie A side Torino, and has hit the ground running at the heart of Garry Monk’s defence.
Speaking in his native Sweden, the commanding centre-back revealed that he wants to be a Leeds player in the imminent future.
“I had two great years there (Torino),” Jansson told Swedish outlet 24Malmo. “And I have become a better footballer because of it, and also a better person. I have matured.
“I just hope I’m a Leeds player as soon as possible.”
The selection of Janssen, 25, in defence alongside Kyle Bartley has coincided with Leeds’ impressive run of form that has seen them record five wins in six league and cup encounters.
The 6ft 5in colossus has been integral in helping the Yorkshire giants record three clean sheets during their turn in fortunes against the likes of Blackburn, Cardiff and Ipswich.
Having already made seven appearances for Monk’s side, a move to Elland Road on a permanent basis looks increasingly likely.
Jansson is currently with the Sweden national team, as they look to build on their 1-1 draw against the Netherlands with wins against Luxembourg and Bulgaria this week.
A place at the 2018 World Cup in Poland is the prize, with Belarus and France also vying to qualify from Group A.
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