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16th Dec, 2017 | 12:57pm

Pontus Jansson delivers two-word verdict on his Leeds future

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has admitted that signing a long-term new contract with the club was a “big relief” and says it has helped him get back to his best form.

The 26-year-old signed a new five-year deal with the Championship club in October, to extend his stay at Elland Road until 2022.

The centre-back has been a key player for Whites boss Thomas Christiansen this season, making 18 Championship appearances. He scored his first goal of the campaign in the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa two weeks ago.

The player admitted that signing the long-term deal was a big relief and says it allowed him to concentrate on his football.

“It was a good feeling. I signed it when I was personally on a bit of a bad run,” said Jansson, as quoted in the matchday programme for Saturday’s Championship clash with Norwich City.

“Physically I had a couple of small injures which made it tough for me. But the club believed in me and gave me a contract for five years and it felt like a big relief.

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“I could breathe out and focus on the pitch. I feel now I am in my best form again and it is good being like this, with the team winning games again. This is how I want to have it.”

Jansson joined Leeds signed a three-year contract with Leeds in the summer, after spending last season on loan at the club from Italian side Torino.

He made 34 Championship appearances under Garry Monk last season, scoring three goals and was a key player for the side who just missed out on the play-off places.

Leeds face 16th-placed Norwich City in league action at Elland Road this afternoon. The Whites will go into the game unbeaten in their last three matches and four points outside of the play-off positions.

Meanwhile, Norwich have lost five of their last eight Championship matches, but did win their last league match against Sheffield Wednesday.

In other Leeds United news, former Whites midfielder David Prutton has given his prediction for the game against Norwich.

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