Exclusive: Danny Mills reveals how Jansson had bust-ups with three Leeds managers


Pontus Jansson fell out with three different Leeds United managers before he was sold to Brentford earlier this week.

That is according to the former Leeds defender Danny Mills, who retains excellent relations with the club and whose son was in their youth team set-up until he joined Everton last year.

This comes after the pundit gave the lowdown on why Bielsa offloaded Jansson after speaking to the club hierarchy, as revealed in this insightful Football Insider interview, with the player making repeated attempts to get a longer summer break than his teammates.

Mills has now provided fresh insight into the difficulties United had managing fans favourite Jansson ahead of his exit to their Championship rivals for a surprisingly low fee of £5.5million.

“Jansson fell out with Marcelo Bielsa, he fell out with Garry Monk and he fell out with Paul Heckingbottom, there were bust-ups because he was a difficult player to manage” Mills exclusively told Football Insider.

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“He had the issue at the end of last season against Aston Villa when everyone was told to let the goal go in.

“He thinks he is a little bit better than he is. He concentrates too much on being the fans favourite rather than concentrating on his football. He needs to knuckle down and focus on what he is trying to do.

“Word gets around in football. If you are Luis Suarez, people will take a chance on you because you are brilliant. If you are average or just good, people are less likely to take the risk.”

Jansson joined Leeds in the summer of 2016 on an initial season-long loan before completing a permanent £3million transfer a year later.

He was managed by Monk in his first campaign, then Thomas Christiansen and Heckingbottom in his second season before Bielsa took charge for his third campaign.

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