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Pontus Jansson had no idea Leeds United signed Vurnon Anita

Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita in action with Leeds United's Kemar Roofe

Leeds United signed Vurnon Anita - but Pontus Jansson had no idea he had joined.

Pontus Jansson has admitted that he did not know about Leeds United's capture of Vurnon Anita until a Sky Sports interviewer informed him.

Leeds' interest in the former Newcastle United utility man was reported by The Sun on Thursday afternoon, but the speculation had very little time to fester as the Championship club announced his arrival within hours of the rumour emerging.

The 28-year-old, who signed a three-year deal, is the Whites' fifth signing of the summer, following Mateusz Klich, Madgers Gomes and Felix Wiedwald to Elland Road, while Hadi Sacko joined permanently.

Blackburn’s Derrick Williams in action with Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita

And Jansson says that the Netherlands international is a good player, but admits he had no idea that Leeds had signed the Dutch talent.

Asked if new signings give the players a lift, Jansson told Sky Sports: "Of course. This is news to me [about Anita].

"I didn't know until you told me, but Anita I know from Newcastle and he's a good player and when you get a player from the Premier League it makes others play better so I hope he's going to be good."

Leeds fan will hope that Jansson is a little more on the ball when it comes to on-the-field matters next season - and he certainly will be.

In the same interview, the 26-year-old claimed that he would be even better than last season, which is a bold statement given how imperious the Swedish centre-back was.

Newcastle United's Vurnon Anita and Huddersfield Town's Jonathan Hogg in action

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