New Leeds signing reveals hidden contract clause

By Alex Stevens

Sweden international Pontus Jansson has revealed that there is a clause in his Leeds contract that is likely to make his transfer permanent.

The 6ft 5in colossus signed a season-long loan deal with the Yorkshire giants last month as he completed a switch from Joe Hart’s new Serie A side Torino.

Jansson explained that Leeds are obliged to make the deal a permanent one if he plays in a certain number of matches this season.

“I’m still on loan,” Jansson told Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen. “But there is a clause that says that if I play 20 games, Leeds must buy me.

“I look forward to playing for Leeds, but I don’t know if I will play 20 games. If I don’t, I return to Italy and we’ll take it from there.”

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The eight-time international has made two appearances so far for his new club, including in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield.

Jansson was given the nod over Liam Cooper to partner fellow on-loan defender Kyle Bartley in the Leeds backline at Elland Road.

The trio are the only three senior centre-backs at the club following the departure of former club captain Sol Bamba, which means Jansson is likely to have plenty of game time this season.

The 25-year-old joined Torino from Swedish side Malmo in the summer of 2014 in a free transfer move and he still has two years left on his current contract.

Jansson built 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 news, a reliable journalist has revealed how close Garry Monk is to the sack.