Report explains if Pontus Jansson came close to Leeds exit

Coach of Lille Marcelo Bielsa during the French Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC (LOSC) and Olympique de Marseille (OM) at Stade Pierre Mauroy on October 29, 2017 in Lille, France.

Leeds United cult hero Pontus Jansson was linked with Premier League duo Burnley and West Ham United during the summer transfer window.

Leeds United's Swedish defender Pontus Jansson (L) tries to block an attempt from Leicester City's Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho during the English League Cup fourth round football...

Leeds United have managed to reach the end of the transfer window without losing any of their key players, unless you count Ronaldo Vieira. And this is a major plus for the Elland Road faithful, who were once again fearful that cult hero centre-back Pontus Jansson could have been on his way.

The Sun (April 22, page 7) reported that Burnley were interested in the Swedish international while West Ham United were also linked via TEAMtalk.

 

Jansson has been open about his desire to play Premier League football after two seasons in the Championship with Leeds. And his increasingly outspoken comments certainly struck fear into the heart of fans who were desperate for him to stay.

Although, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, they never really had much to worry about. It is claimed that the transfer window has slammed shut without Leeds ever having to deal with any serious interest in the former Torino and Malmo man.

Pontus Jansson of Sweden reacts following his sides victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Sweden and Korea Republic at Nizhniy Novgorod Stadium on June 18, 2018...

So Jansson, who sealed a permanent move to West Yorkshire last summer for £3.5 million, will be a Leeds player until January at least.

It remains to be seen, however, what role he will play in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans. Jansson was left on the bench for the impressive 3-1 opening day win against Stoke City with Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi either side of Kalvin Phillips in something resembling a fluid back three.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Leeds United at Riverside Stadium on March 2, 2018 in Middlesbrough, England.

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