Pontus Jansson delivers reported update on his Leeds future, fans will be concerned
By Harry Sykes
Pontus Jansson has revealed that he wants his Leeds future sorted “soon”, according to a reliable journalist.
The centre-back has established himself as key member of the team and cult hero since joining on a season-long loan from Serie A side Torino.
Sweden international Jansson has made 14 appearances in all competitions for the Championship and developed an increasingly impressive partnership at the back with fellow loanee Kyle Bartley.
Jansson has previously stated that he is keen to commit his long-term future to Leeds and join the club on a permanent transfer to replace his current loan deal.
The imminent January transfer window has thrust his future into the spotlight, especially amid reports that Premier League clubs are keeping a close eye on one of the England-based outstanding defenders outside of the top flight.
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Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay revealed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon that he had “just spoken to Jansson” and that the player “said again that he wants his future sorted soon”.
Garry Monk’s press conference coming up at 12.30pm. Just spoken to Pontus Jansson. Said again that he wants his future sorted soon. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) December 7, 2016
Leeds fans will be concerned that the update from Jansson echoes his comments from late October and suggests there has been little progress in attempts to tie him down to an extended deal.
Swedish outlet Skanesport reported in October that the Championship big hitters are contractually obliged to buy Jansson permanently if he makes 20 appearances for the team during his season-long loan.
It is said that the fee is set at £40million Swedish Krona, equivalent to £3.6million, and that £180,000 of that sum is due to Jansson’s first club Malmo.
Asked about committing his future to Leeds, Jansson told a Sky Bet Facebook chat, as quoted by the Sky Sports website: “I really hope so because from the first moment I love to play for this club and I love to be here.
“I really want to stay if the club and the fans want me. I don’t know how close it is but hopefully there is a deal soon.”
Leeds are currently flying high in the Championship after a run of five wins from their last six games took them to fourth in the table.
Garry Monk’s side travel to second-placed Brighton on Friday night in the latest of their fixtures to be televised and aiming for another high-profile scalp to follow the likes of Norwich and Aston Villa.
In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has given an update on the club’s January transfer plans.