Leeds blow as 26-year-old agrees terms with PL club - report
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds have been dealt a blow with former loanee star Kyle Bartley agreeing fresh terms with Premier League outfit Swansea, according to a report.
The Sun have claimed on their website that the 26-year has committed himself to a new four-year deal at the Liberty, despite the Yorkshire giants interested in taking him back to Elland Road this summer.
The report details that both Leeds and Premier League side Burnley have had their hopes now ended to sign Bartley with the centre-back being lined up for a more regular role in Paul Clement’s side in the next campaign.
The defender’s current contract has entered it’s final year and Bartley spent the last campaign on loan at Leeds after former manager Garry Monk brought him in after the pair also worked together at Swansea.
The centre-back built a good relationship in the defence with Pontus Jansson and played 50 times in total for the club, helping them to a seventh placed finish in the Championship.
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However, it now looks clear that Bartley’s future does not lie at Elland Road.
Football Insider verdict:
Bartley was very much a must buy for Leeds this summer after his successful loan spell. However, one thing the Whites are unable to offer is Premier League football at this moment in time and if Swansea are able to offer him that then it is clear why they have secured his signature. One thing the Whites have possibly done wrong this summer is start the new season without signing at least two new senior centre-backs. Jansson will return to the side from his suspension on Saturday, but if the club suffer any more injuries or suspensions at the back before bringing in someone else there could be serious problems.
In other Leeds transfer news, a chairman has confirmed the Whites’ interest in 23-year-old.