EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Marcelo Bielsa told Pontus Jansson three weeks ago to find a new club after deciding he didn’t want him at Leeds United next season, Football Insider has learned.
The Sweden international is being sold by United after Bielsa made up his mind he no longer wanted him despite his key contribution to the team’s third place finish in the last campaign.
As revealed by Football Insider, Leeds have accepted Brentford’s £5.5million bid and Jansson has also agreed the terms of a contract worth more than £20,000-a-week.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Bielsa wants the 28-year-old out because he regards him as a disruptive presence behind the scenes with attitude problems.
Jansson made it clear to his representatives he wanted to stay in England with his wife and young child, and was hopeful of securing a move to a Premier League club.
There has been interest from Sheffield United, but they have not made a bid and Brentford jumped to the front of the queue after making a strong push to get him.
Leeds have made it clear to Jansson he will not join the club on their pre-season tour of Australia later this week, and he had no choice but to accept Brentford’s offer or be frozen out at Elland Road until the next transfer window.
The giant centre-back’s move is set to be finalised in the next week or so, and he has been told to stay away from Leeds’ training headquarters at Thorp Arch this week.
Leeds fans were left shocked at the weekend when it emerged that one of their star players was being sold for what many consider to be a cut-price fee.
Jansson has been an immensely popular figure with supporters since signing from Torino in the summer of 2016 on a season-long loan that became permanent the following summer when it was converted into a £3million transfer,
In the latest Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that a £6million-valued Elland Road ace has been given just a few days to find a new club.