Bartley shares initial reaction when he heard about Leeds interest

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud in action against Swansea's Kyle Bartley

Leeds United have signed Kyle Bartley on loan from Swansea City in the summer transfer window.

Kyle Bartley - RangersKyle Bartley at Rangers

Newly-signed Leeds United defender Kyle Bartley has explained on the club’s official website his decision to join the Championship outfit.

The 25-year-old defender has moved to Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Premier League club Swansea City.

The centre-back has explained his decision to join the West Yorkshire outfit despite having offers from elsewhere.

Liverpool's James Milner and Swansea's Kyle Bartley in actionLiverpool's James Milner and Kyle Bartley in action

“It feels fantastic to be here,” Bartley told Leeds’s official website. “I found out about a week ago that Leeds were interested and, straightaway, it was something that I was really looking forward to.

“I’m just happy to be here now and have everything signed. There were a few other teams interested but as soon as I spoke to the gaffer, I told my agent that this was the only club for me.

“With the history of the club and how big the club is, it was a no-brainer for me. I want to come here and play week-in, week-out in what we hope will be a really successful season for the club.”

Swansea's Kyle Bartley in action with Liverpool's Daniel SturridgeKyle Bartley in action with Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge

Bartley featured in just five Premier League matches for Swansea last season. The defender created one chance, had a pass accuracy of 79%, and won 10 headers, one dribble and six tackles.

The former Arsenal prospect knows new Leeds head coach Garry Monk well, having worked with him at Swansea.

Bartley is a good defender and has experience, and Leeds fans should be optimistic. Joining the Whites now will allow the former Rangers loanee time to work with his new teammates in pre-season and get to know the club better.

Leeds failed to finish in the top 10 of the Championship last season, but under Monk, they will be aiming to push for a playoff spot at least during the 2016-17 campaign.

Arsenal's Olivier Giroud in action against Swansea's Kyle BartleyArsenal's Olivier Giroud in action against Kyle Bartley

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