By Amir Mir
Kyle Bartley has told Leeds supporters that he has “fallen in love” with everyone associated with the club with his loan deal set to expire.
The 25-year-old has been on a season-long loan at Elland Road from Premier League side Swansea and at this moment in time, he is set to return to his parent club.
Centre-back Bartley played a key role for manager Garry Monk this season as his team missed out on the play-off places by five points.
He was part of the starting XI that recorded a 1-1 draw against Wigan on the final day of the Championship campaign last Sunday.
Monk admitted after that encounter that he would like to re-sign the Premier League player if he extends his own contract at Elland Road.
Regardless of where Bartley ends up next term, there is no doubt that he has enjoyed his time at the Yorkshire outfit going by these comments.
“I can’t say too much but what I can say is that I’ve loved every single second of this year,” said Bartley, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I’ve fallen in love with the players, the staff, the fans, the club. It’s been brilliant. That’s as far as I can say”.
Over the course of the season, Bartley has played 45 Championship matches, forming a key partnership with Pontus Jansson at the heart of the club’s defence.
The Sweden international defender was another player who was on loan at the club and he has put pen to paper on a permanent contract.
Bartley’s parent club are currently fighting for relegation in the top tier as they currently sit one place outside of the danger zone.
In other Leeds news, the club must re-ignite their interest in this 26-year-old who has the lot.