Swansea manager Carlos Carvahal has admitted that he had not heard about a report that claimed Leeds United were in talks over a summer deal to re-sign defender Kyle Bartley.
The Yorkshire Evening Post had reported that Leeds were negotiating a deal with the relegation-threatened Premier League club ahead of the summer transfer window, with Swansea willing to cash in on the centre-back if they avoid the drop to the Championship.
On Thursday, Swans boss Carvahal refused to get drawn into any discussion over an exit for the 6ft 4in colossus.
“It is the first time I hear about that, I never discuss anything with the club about players coming or going out. It is the same, everything about players for next season is speculation as I have not spoken about it and I will not comment on that especially at this moment where we have more important things to do,” he said, as quoted by WalesOnline.
Football Insider verdict
Bartley was terrific for Leeds last season when he spent the campaign on loan at Elland Road. He and Pontus Jansson were a formidable pairing at the back and if the Whites can keep hold of the Sweden international and re-sign Bartley, their defence will be massively improved. Bartley has spent a lot of the season out injured, which could mean that the 26-year-old may have lost a bit of his pace. He has made just 12 appearances in all competitions for the Swans this term so hopefully he can avoid spells on the sidelines if he returns to West Yorkshire. Carvahal’s comments seem like just the regular ‘no comment’ sort of response to any transfer stories. It’s likely that Bartley will leave if the Swans avoid relegation, but at the moment, it’s look quite perilous for them.
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