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Garry Monk makes confident remark on Leeds' play-off hopes, responds to Jansson rumours

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Leeds United manager Garry Monk has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he doesn't envisage the club missing out on the play-offs – and suggested there is no need to talk about rumours over Pontus Jansson's future.

The Whites lost 1-0 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, and with both Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday picking up victories, it now leaves Monk's men outside of the top six.

Having spent most of the season in the play-off places, Leeds now face three huge games in a bid to get back into the top six, starting with Saturday's trip to take on Burton Albion.

A home game with Norwich City and a visit to Wigan Athletic follow, and Leeds now need to pick up points to make sure they are in the end-of-season promotion battle.

One crumb of comfort for Leeds is that Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday meet on the final day of the season, meaning that neither team can win all of their remaining games – and manager Monk has offered his thoughts on the play-off race.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Monk has admitted that he doesn't envisage Leeds missing out on the play-offs, suggesting that it's 'unfortunate' that the play-off race is ultra-competitive this season.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates after the gamePontus Jansson of Leeds United celebrates

“I don't envisage us missing out,” said Monk. “It's a little bit unfortunate that we have found a year which is ultra competitive. 82 points could just get you in. There will be no-one more determined than the players, for sure. The key is to leave everything out on the pitch.”

Monk was also asked about rumours surrounding Pontus Jansson, with speculation continuing over his future despite Leeds setting up a permanent summer deal for the Torino loanee after starring this season.

Expressen back in Jansson's native Sweden suggested on Wednesday that Chelsea, Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham are all keen on signing Jansson this summer, but Monk claimed that 'there is no need to talk about it', suggesting that he is confident that the defender's future lies at Elland Road.

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