Jansson responds when asked if he will be at Leeds next season amid reported PL interest
By Alex Stevens
Pontus Jansson has insisted that he “100 per cent” intends to stay at Leeds next season and his future is not linked to the club securing promotion to the Premier League.
The Swedish defender delivered the huge boost to supporters following a dispiriting week in which the club’s play-offs bid has been left in tatters.
Swedish publication Expressen claim Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea have “declared an interest” in landing the centre-back, while Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog last week (Wednesday, 12.25pm) that Southampton are eyeing summer moves for Jansson and Swansea playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But the 26-year-old moved to dispel the possibility that he could quit Leeds as he faced the media on Thursday ahead of the team’s penultimate match of their 46-game league campaign.
Asked if he will stay at Elland Road, Jansson said, as quoted by the personal Twitter accounts of journalists Lee Sobot and Kristian Johnson: “100 per cent. My future is in Leeds, of course. I am proud to be here. You can see how happy I am to play here.”
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— Kristian Johnson (@kristianj23) April 27, 2017
Pontus Jansson: “My future is in Leeds, of course. I am proud to be here. You can see how happy I am to play here.” #lufc
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) April 27, 2017
Jansson is a man in demand after taking the Championship by storm since joining Leeds initially on a season-long loan from Serie A club Torino last August.
The centre-back has been a colossus at the back for Garry Monk’s side and was recently named in the Football League team of the season.
Leeds took advantage of an option inserted into the loan-to-buy deal that took Jansson to Elland Road by reaching an agreement in January to sign him on a permanent deal for £3.5million when his loan expires in the summer.
A three-year contract has been signed that runs until 2020 and which gives the Yorkshire giants some protection in the facing of growing interest in one of their prize assets.
But that not prevented speculation that Jansson could make a £10million-plus transfer to a Premier League club at the end of the season.
Jansson is now preparing for the final two matches of Leeds’ campaign, a home clash against Norwich on Saturday and a trip to Wigan eight days later.
Monk’s team can still secure a top-six finish and a place in the play-offs, but are relying on their rivals Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading slipping up.
In other Leeds United transfer news, a stunning £14million bid is being prepared as deal edges closer with Premier League big hitters.