Leeds key man makes admission over future, fans will be worried
By Matt Farr
Leeds defender Pontus Jansson has admitted that the club have made little progress in an attempt to retain his services for the long-term.
Jansson is currently on loan at Elland Road from Torino, but after starring for Garry Monk’s side in the first-half of the campaign, Leeds hinted they wanted to keep him at the club on a permanent basis.
But his admission over a lack of movement in a potential deal may come as a shock to worried Leeds fans, who believe that Jansson is a priceless asset and a major part of any potential success.
The 25-year-old has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season, contributing two goals and two assists, as Leeds began the new year in fifth place in the Championship.
However, he admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was still unsure about when the move would take place, but reassured fans that he would not be distracted by the speculation.
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He said: “I’ve not heard anything. I put my focus on the games and Rotherham is the next one but I hope my agent and the club can make the deal permanent.
“It’s not a problem for me to keep my mind on the game and leave the rest to others. I’m used to that because I’ve been in this position before.
“You have to be professional and do your best on the pitch and that’s what I’ll do.
“I don’t want to talk any more about it. Everyone knows I’m really happy to be here. All these questions are for the club and my agent.
“All I can say is I’m happy to be here. I really hope (a permanent move will happen) but I’m a little tired of those questions. My new year wish is to be a Leeds player.”
The ball is firmly in Leeds’ court over a potential permanent transfer, with Jansson’s next appearance set to activate a clause in his contract that allows Leeds to make him a full-time asset.
The club would need to pay roughly £3.5 million to seal the deal, but that should be no problem for Garry Monk, who is likely to consider securing Jansson a top priority this month.
Leeds are next in action against bottom-of-the-table Rotherham on Monday.
Football Insider verdict:
Let’s cut to the chase and say Leeds must get this deal done. Jansson has been a phenomenal asset to Garry Monk this season, and has been without doubt one of their top performers. Now that the transfer window is open again, there should be no hesitation in getting Jansson in on a permanent basis. When they activate his clause against Rotherham, Leeds earn the right to buy him permanently, and at just £3.5 million, it is a very reasonable demand. The club find themselves faced with the genuine prospect of playing in the Premier League next season, and Monk will need some further quality and experience to help the club survive – should they get promoted – and landing Jansson would be the first-step.
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