Noel Whelan has insisted Pontus Jansson is “certain” to quit Leeds United in the wake of their play-off heartache.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker claimed Jansson dropped clear hints after Wednesday’s defeat to Derby County he has played his last game for the Yorkshire giants.
The Swede was an unused substitute in the 4-2 defeat to Derby at Elland Road after an ankle injury had kept him out of the 1-0 win at Pride Park the previous Saturday.
Asked who are the most likely senior player departures at Leeds as they prepare for another season in the Championship, Whelan told Football Insider: “Pontus Jansson is certain to go. From what I saw after the game on Wednesday – looking across the pitch for ages and sat in the dugout – all these little things and other things you hear, I don’t think he will be here next season.”
“He will be going and heading to another club. We will need two new centre-backs alongside Liam Cooper, who I think will stay.”
Whelan was at Elland Road on Wednesday as Leeds suffered the harrowing defeat that means they will extend their spell in the Football League to 16 years.
Jansson joined Leeds initially on loan from Torino in the summer of 2016 before penning a permanent deal 12 months later after a £3million fee was agreed.