Leeds chief gives ambiguous five-word response about future of on-loan ace
By Alex Stevens
Leeds chief executive Ben Mansford has refused to offer any assurances about the future of cult hero Pontus Jansson.
The Sweden international claimed earlier this week that Leeds have opened negotiations with Torino to turn his loan move into a permanent transfer.
But Mansford declined to discuss the possibility of a permanent deal for the hugely popular centre-back.
The Elland Road chiefs said only that the club “understand that there’s a clamour” for him to sign full-time, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Jansson, 25, gave an update on his future while away on international duty amid reports he could move to Elland Road in January.
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Swedish outlet Skanesport have stated that the Championship club are contractually obliged to buy him if he makes 20 appearances.
Jansson has claimed talks are underway and he cannot wait to make the move permanent even though he has two years remaining on his Torino deal.
“It`s definitely something I want. I understand they are already in the process of negotiating it,” Jansson told a podcast hosted by Swedish publication Fotbollskanalen while away with the Sweden squad.
“I have found the love for football again. I’m getting on very well and I just want to have it done as soon as possible.”
Jansson is only seven matches into a season-long loan from Torino but has made a huge impression during his short time at Elland Road.
Janssen was outstanding for Leeds before the international break and starred in their run of five wins in six matches, including four in five league encounters, that lifted them into the top half of the Championship table.
The Swede has emerged as a key member of Garry Monk’s team during their excellent recent run after leapfrogging Liam Cooper in the centre-back pecking order at Elland Road.
Jansson made a name for himself in Sweden, where he starred in 89 fixtures and won three league titles as well as a domestic cup during his five-year stay.
In other Leeds transfer news, a 25-year-old has signed terms with the club.