By Alex Stevens
Pontus Jansson has revealed that erratic Leeds owner Massimo Cellino loves him like a son.
Jansson gave some insight into his relationship with the club’s co-owner in the wake of signing permanently with the club.
Leeds announced on Thursday night that the Sweden international had penned a three-year contract that will come into effect at the end of the season when his loan from Torino has expired.
Jansson has emerged as an immensely popular figure with supporters since joining last August and that adoration increased on Wednesday when he secured a seventh win in nine league matches with a last-gasp headed winner in the 2-1 victory at Blackburn.
He spoke warmly of Cellino, whose three years in charge of Leeds have been marked by financial problems, widespread controversy, managerial sackings and mostly mediocre results up until Garry Monk was appointed.
“I knew after that goal that Cellino couldn’t do anything other than sign me,” Jansson joked, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“I know that Cellino likes me. He said that he loves me as his son. I always do my all for the club and the team.
“That’s how I am. I always give 100 per cent for the team and this club.”
Jansson has reignited his career since moving to Elland Road after considering quitting football following two miserable years at Torino in which he suffered injury torment with his knee.
He has been an instrumental figure in the side’s promotion challenge after establishing a formidable centre-back partnership with fellow loanee Kyle Bartley.
The pair are expected to line up on Sunday in the top-of-the-table clash at Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield as Leeds target an eighth win in 10 league matches.