By Emma Sanders
Pontus Jansson has told fans he wants to stay at Leeds and is waiting for owner Massimo Cellino to offer him a permanent deal with the club.
The centre-back has been in excellent form since joining on loan from Torino in the summer and he celebrated his first goal for Leeds on Saturday during their stunning 3-2 victory against Norwich.
The 25 year-old has become a firm fans favourite and has undoubtedly been one of Garry Monk’s most impressive performers this season.
Jansson’s loan runs for the entirety of the season but the Sweden international has vowed he wants to stay beyond next summer.
“Seriously, that’s the only thing that I want now. I want to be here and to make a permanent deal with Leeds,” said Jansson, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I’m still waiting for that so it’s up to the president (Leeds owner Massimo Cellino) to do it now. I’m really happy and I’m here to take Leeds to the Premier League or the play-offs.
“If other clubs are coming to watch me then of course I am happy for that but my focus is on Leeds.”
The defender has played 12 games for the club since making the loan switch and Leeds have an option to buy him from Torino for a fee in excess of £3 million once Jansson completes his 20th appearance.
Jansson moved to Torino in 2014 from Malmo but has struggled to kick-start a career in Italy and it is believed they are willing to let the defender go.
According to the report in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Watford are among the other clubs interested in signing Jansson, as the centre-back’s bright form is starting to attract threatening interest from opponents.
In other Leeds news, this summer midfield signing has been named as a brilliant piece of business.