By Harry Sykes
Pawel Cibicki has revealed that Pontus Jansson told him in no uncertain terms to join Leeds United when he was in negotiations about a transfer from Malmo.
The striker, 23, signed for the Championship high flyers on deadline day as the third of four forwards signed by the club this summer.
Cibicki explained that Jansson, who began his career at Swedish club Malmo, was key to talking him into a move to United that has been reported to have cost £1.5million.
“I spoke with Pontus about Leeds and he said ‘come, it’s very good and we’ll take care of you’,” Cibicki said to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “When it was (agreed) 100 per cent I said ‘okay, I’ll come no problem’.
“I spoke to him a lot. He said it’s a good team, a good city. Everything is good. He told me just to come so I thought ‘okay, I will.'”
Cibicki was a player in demand after making rapid progress in the last 18 months, which included a spell on loan last season to Jonkopings Sodra, another Swedish top-tier side who needed his 10 goals to fend off relegation.
He was a regular for Malmo, where he made his first-team debut in 2013 and his 80 appearances had yielded 12 goals and eight assists, before his transfer to Leeds.
Cibick did not make the starting XI for Leeds’ 5-0 demolition of Burton Albion on Saturday as fellow deadline-day arrival Pierre-Michel Lasogga spearheaded the attack, with Pablo Hernandez, Samuel Saiz and Kemar Roofe in the attacking midfield slots.