By Coral Barry
Leeds have announced they have signed Kyle Bartley on a season-long loan from Swansea.
Bartley’s arrival is Garry Monk’s second major addition to the squad and comes hot on the heels of the announcement that troublesome centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci has left the club.
Bartley, 25, worked under Monk while he was manager of Swansea and their friendship seems to have helped ensure Leeds’ successful swoop for the defender.
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Bartley revealed that he was delighted to have arrived and admitted once he heard Leeds were interested in his services he was never going to move elsewhere.
“It feels fantastic to be here,” said Bartley speaking to LUTV. “I found out about a week ago that Leeds were interested and, straightaway, it was something that I was really looking forward to.
“I’m just happy to be here now and have everything signed.
“There were a few other teams interested but as soon as I spoke to the gaffer, I told my agent that this was the only club for me.
“With the history of the club and how big the club is, it was a no-brainer for me.”
Leeds also confirmed on Friday that Bellusci had left Elland Road after two frustrating years to link up with Serie A side Empoli on a season-long loan.
The club confirmed the £2million capture of Marcus Antonsson from Swedish club Kalmar earlier this week and Monk’s squad is now beginning to take shape.
In other Leeds news, Twitter has reacted to the news that Bellusci has left the club.