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Pontus Jansson shares Leeds team message about staying with the club this summer

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

Leeds United's Pontus Jansson has reacted to Saturday's 2-2 draw at Reading.

Jarrod Bowen (R) of Hull City cuts the ball back inside as Pontus Jansson (L) of Leeds United attempts a tackle during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Leeds United at...

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has told the Yorkshire Post that he and his teammates have discussed what they must do to ensure they are at Elland Road next season.

The Whites have been in dire form in 2018, winning just once since the turn of the year, whilst they have now won just once in their last 13 Championship games.

Their latest outing was a 2-2 draw at Reading on Saturday afternoon, which saw Pontus Jansson and Pablo Hernandez score to cancel out Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's opener, but Eunan O'Kane's own goal meant Leeds left with just a point.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds now sit in the bottom half of the Championship table, 11 points off the play-offs with just nine games to play as a top six finish appears to be slipping away from Paul Heckingbottom and co.

New manager Heckingbottom has suggested recently that the play-offs are completely out of reach, and the focus has to be on building for next season, though he will be using the final weeks of the season to make decisions on his squad.

Heckingbottom will be looking to make signings this summer like any other manager, but that may mean that under-performing Leeds players are ushered out of the club to make room for new faces.

Now, Leeds defender Pontus Jansson has told the Yorkshire Post that he and his teammates have discussed what they must do to ensure they are at the club next season, as they must prove they want to be at Elland Road.

Diogo JoseTeixeira da Silva of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Pontus Jansson of Leeds United in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United...

Jansson added that the play-offs have essentially been ruled out, but he is happy with the character shown against Reading on Saturday afternoon, which is something that must continue between now and the end of the season.

“Now it’s up to everyone to show grit and prove they want to stay and play for Leeds. They have to show it now on the pitch,” said Jansson. “We said that the play-offs is not something that we have to think about now. We have to take it game by game and, of course, think as a team, but also individually.”

“We said that if you want to be here next season then you have to prove it on the pitch and I think we took a step forward towards doing that (at Reading). We showed more character than in recent games,” he added.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Barnsley and Leeds United at Oakwell Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

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