By Wayne Veysey

26th Feb, 2018 | 1:07pm

Orta makes startling admission when asked if Jansson and Saiz will be at Leeds next season

By Richard Parks
Victor Orta has admitted that it will be “very difficult” for Leeds United to keep Samuel Saiz and Pontus Jansson next season if they both push to leave the club.
United director of football Orta made the startling admission as he responded to fears among supporters about the long-term futures of the team’s star pair.
Speaking to an online Leeds Q&A forum uploaded on to the club’s app, and as cited by Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay, the Spaniard says the club have a degree of power as playmaker Saiz and centre-back Jansson have both signed long-term contracts in the last 12 months.
Orta explained United are “really keen” to hang on to the star duo but admitted that, like, Chris Wood, if they want to quit, it is “very difficult” to hang on to them.

Nevertheless, United owner Andrea Radrizzani added that Leeds are a club where top players now want to be at in a genuine shift from when he took sole control last May.

Football Insider verdict:
Orta’s startling admission will give Leeds fans the jitters and will do little to placate their fears that Saiz and Jansson are ripe for top-tier clubs to cherry-pick them during the summer window. With United unlikely to get promoted despite Paul Heckingbottom’s first win at the weekend, brilliant Spaniard Saiz and commanding defender Jansson are the two who are likely to be of most interest to the big guns. Leeds got £15million for Wood last summer from Burnley and it is highly possible that clubs could make offers for their star players they once again cannot refuse.
In other Leeds United news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.

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