Leeds enforcer Pontus Jansson has rowed back significantly on his emphatic assertion that he will stay at Leeds next season.
Jansson has made the Sweden squad for the World Cup finals and suggested that he would wait until the tournament was over before deciding on his future.
Talking to Swedish outlet fotbolskanalen, Jansson said: “I have told Martin (Dahlin, agent) that we are taking everything after the World Cup. There is no need to speculate on it now.”
After this, Jansson repeated this claim in Sydsvenskan saying: “I’m fine even if it was a dull second half of the season in Leeds. I have an important role in the club. I have matured as a player and as a human being.”
“We’ll see where everything ends after the World Cup. There could be a continuation.”
This comes a month after Jansson said, “For sure”, when asked if he would still be at Leeds next summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds fans might be right to be concerned after hearing these comments. It’s not exactly the same as what he was saying before the Sweden World Cup squad was confirmed, although Jansson would have expected to be on the plane to Russia. This is leaving himself very much in the shop window though. If he has a brilliant summer and gets noticed then Leeds might well have to brace themselves for offers for one of their most important players. Jansson wasn’t on it as much in this last campaign, but with Leeds eyeing a move for Kyle Bartley, it would give him a chance to reprise his fruitful partnership with the Swansea centre-back. Either way, Jansson would be a loss for Leeds and fans will be hoping that Sweden have a quiet World Cup and don’t get past the group stages. Or that Jansson doesn’t even make it onto the pitch. However, one bright side is that if does have a good World Cup, Leeds could likely expect a large fee for him, with TEAMtalk saying West Ham were interested and suggesting a fee of around £12million for a player that cost them £3.6million.
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