Leeds United ace Luke Ayling has confirmed that he will be in Kyle Bartley’s ear over the summer to try and get him to return to Elland Road.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has recently reported that Leeds are in talks with Swansea over a summer swoop for Bartley, who established himself as a real fan favourite on loan with the Whites last season.
Ayling, speaking after the win over QPR on Sunday, admitted that he has been speaking with the 6ft 4in defender everyday and he will see him over the coming months to urge him to consider a second spell at United.
“I speak to him every day. I am going away with him twice this summer (to Vegas and Marbella). I’ll be in his ear, don’t you worry about that, trying to get him back,” said Ayling, as quoted by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Lee Sobot on his personal Twitter account on Sunday.
Luke Ayling on Kyle Bartley: "I speak to him every day. I am going away with him twice this summer (to Vegas and Marbella). I'll be in his ear, don't you worry about that, trying to get him back." Welcome back Luke. #lufc pic.twitter.com/xraD3WQ3wK
— Lee Sobot (@LeeSobotYEP) May 6, 2018
Football Insider verdict
Leeds fans will absolutely love hearing Ayling’s comments. Not only is the Leeds first team star in constant contact with Bartley, he will also do his best to get the Swansea defender to return to Elland Road. Leeds have really missed Bartley this season. Him and Pontus Jansson were like a brick wall at the back and getting him in over the summer will be the best bit of business that Victor Orta has done at Leeds. On another note, it was great for Leeds fans to see defensive ace Ayling back in the team after a spell on the sidelines with injury. He was brilliant in the 2-0 win against QPR and it’s clear that Paul Heckingbottom has really missed the right-back. A back four of Ayling, Bartley, Jansson and Pearce could be the one that gets United into the top six. Everyone at Elland Road will be buzzing about this.
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