Pontus Jansson discusses phone call with Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani

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...

Leeds defender Jansson impressed for Sweden on Monday.

Sweden's defender Pontus Jansson speaks to the press in a mixed zone of the Swedish national football team on June 19, 2018 in Gelendzhik, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football...

Sweden's World Cup defender Pontus Jansson told FotbollSkanalen that Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani called him after helping his country to beat South Korea 1-0 on Monday.

Jansson, 27, earned his 16th cap for Sweden as they made the perfect start against South Korea with a polished, well-organised display. Centre-back partner Andreas Granqvist scored the all-important goal from the penalty spot.

The former Torino and Malmo defender was a late inclusion in the starting line-up, after Manchester United centre-back Victor Lindelof missed out due to illness - with a bug going around the Sweden camp.

Sweden's defender Pontus Jansson passes the ball during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group F football match between Sweden and South Korea at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod on...

Following his rock-solid display, Jansson told Swedish press that his club's owner Radrizzani spoke to him on the phone to tell the defender of his pride - and Jansson also joked that his display increased his price tag.

"He praised me and was proud of my efforts yesterday," Jansson said, when quizzed about the call. "That I did good and showed myself. He said I was the only one from Leeds who is in the World Cup and he was proud and happy about it.

Asked if his value had surged: "Ha ha, yes maybe that. He [Radrizzani] understands that I am here and that I focus on this and he shows respect for that."

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Jansson earned his place in the Sweden side despite an tumultuous season in which Leeds went from automatic promotion challengers to 13th place come May.

Following the World Cup, Jansson will be afforded a break before meeting up with new manager Marcelo Bielsa, who has worked with Argentina, Chile, Lazio, Marseille and Athletic Bilbao during his illustrious career.

It remains to be seen if Leeds can keep a hold of Jansson, with Premier League clubs being repeatedly linked in the 6ft 4in colossus.

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