Bartley revelation: This is the club I will play for next season after Leeds heartache
By Harry Sykes
Kyle Bartley has told BBC Radio Leeds that he will be at Swansea next season after his loan spell at Leeds United comes to an end.
The central defender has been a formidable presence in Garry Monk’s team throughout their promotion challenge.
But Leeds’ play-offs hopes are over following their 3-3 draw at home against Norwich, which means they cannot finish higher than seventh in the league this season.
Fulham will finish sixth after drawing 1-1 against Brentford on Saturday, giving them a three-point advantage over Leeds with a far superior goal difference.
The failure to clinch a place in the play-offs will have huge ramifications for Leeds in terms of the playing squad and summer transfer plans.
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Bartley revealed he had taken immense pleasure from his season on loan from Swansea but will be returning to his parent club after next weekend’s league finale.
Asked if he had been in contact with Leeds chiefs about returning to the club for a second campaign, the centre-back said in an interview with BBC Radio Leeds in the aftermath of Saturday’s match: “My loan finishes next season and I’m a Swansea player until I’m told differently. I haven’t had any contact.
“It’s been fantastic – the fans, the manager – and an absolute joy and a pleasure. But I can’t say too much – I haven’t had any contact from Leeds, so as far as I’m aware and concerned, I’ll be going back to Swansea.”
Bartley has captained the Yorkshire giants for much of this season due to the regular absences of club captain Liam Bridcutt.
He has started a remarkable 44 of Leeds’ 45 league matches and his haul of six goals is bettered only by the club’s leading scorer Chris Wood, who netted his 26th Championship goal of the season on Saturday.
In other Leeds United transfer news, a stunning £14million bid is being prepared as deal edges closer with Premier League big hitters.