By Will Butcher
Leeds fans are still confident on Twitter that they will complete the signing of loan defender Kyle Bartley on a permanent basis from Swansea City.
Bartley, 25, has been in commanding form at the back for the Yorkshire giants this season, forming a strong partnership with Pontus Jansson and wearing the captain’s armband.
Swansea boss Paul Clement revealed in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Sunderland that the defender will remain a Swansea player.
“It’s unusual loan players captaining the side, he’s done well, but from our point of view I’m looking forward to him coming back and working with him,” Clement told Wales Online.
“As far as I’m concerned he’s a Swansea player and he’s staying.”
Leeds had been hopeful of keeping Bartley permanently ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, as former Swansea manager Monk looks to go one better and guide Leeds to promotion.
However, fans reacted to Clement’s comments by remaining optimistic on Twitter, with many still confident that they will complete the signing of the former Arsenal youth player.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter.
Every one has their price. I would pay what it takes to get Bartley & make him captain! #lufc
— Lee Thompson (@lufcThommo) May 11, 2017
— Jesus (@TRMT1919) May 11, 2017
— David Guile 🦆 (@ellandduck) May 11, 2017
Come on Bartley, do a Charlie Taylor. U know u want to. Come back to #lufc
— johnnie matthews (@johnniematthews) May 11, 2017
He's hardly going to say "We'll accept any offers". This stance ensures a better fee. #lufc will only get him if they pay what he is worth.
— Craig Reeves (@vivareeves) May 11, 2017
Means nothing. If Bartley wants to join us it will happen.
— Anime Hunter (@NickB92_) May 11, 2017
— Tommy Ellam (@Ellam9) May 11, 2017
Bartley has been in sublime form this term, making 50 league and cup appearances. Scoring six goals, the defender has also boosted his side’s defence by keeping 16 clean sheets.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club have agreed deals with eight new players.