By Matt Bullin
Swedish centre back Joel Ekstrand has revealed details of his failed contract negotiations with Leeds before he signed for Bristol City.
The 28-year-old signed with City last summer, but his contract was mutually terminated this January after suffering with injuries and loss of form, which meant he only made two Championship appearances for them.
The former Watford man signed for Rotherham a month later, though he has only played 68 minutes of football for them since then.
However Ekstrand has now revealed to the Bristol Post that he was offered a contract at Leeds prior to signing for Bristol City.
Speaking to the Bristol Post, he said: “I was offered a contract after the medical examination [at Leeds].
“Afterwards the negotiations were tough. The survey found that my knees looked different, which is obvious when one knee has been operated on for a cruciate ligament injury. They tried to use it against me. Therefore, it was, what it was.”
The 28-year-old is a two-time Sweden international and helped Watford gain promotion to the Premier League in 2015.
When their move for Ekstrand broke down Leeds signed a different Swedish centre half, Pontus Jansson, who has gone on to become a fan favourite and a mainstay of their defence.
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