Paul Clement explains decision to hand Kyle Bartley new deal

Kyle Bartley (c) of Leeds United celebrates his teams win during the EFL Cup Fourth Round match between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on October 25, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley played on loan for Leeds United last season.

Swansea City manager Paul Clement has explained to WalesOnline why he decided to hand Kyle Bartley a new contract.

Bartley has been on the books of Swansea since 2012, but the defender spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Birmingham City and the 2016-17 campaign on loan at Leeds United.

The 26-year-old central defender played well for Leeds last season and was one of the best players in his position in the Championship.

Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The former England Under-17 international formed a formidable partnership with Pontus Jansson at the back for the West Yorkshire outfit last season.

According to WalesOnline, Leeds were interested in re-signing Bartley on a permanent contract, but the former Arsenal prospect has been handed a new four-year contract by the Swans.

Swansea manager Clement has explained his decision to include Bartley in his plans for the 2017-18 Premier League season and to hand him a new contract.

Swansea manager Paul Clement applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at Liberty Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

“I like Kyle, he has good leadership qualities," Clement told WalesOnline. ”He has come back with confidence after having a really good season on loan at Leeds.

"He brings another dynamic to the central defenders we have here. In many ways he is a typical British defender.

"He is dominant in both penalty areas, he is a strong man. He is English and has good communications with the group. He has character and personality and we are very pleased he has signed a new deal here."

Bartley would have been a brilliant player for Leeds this season, and one suspects that the Whites will be disappointed that the defender will not be at Elland Road in 2017-18.

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