Leeds defender Jansson impressed for Sweden on Monday.

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.

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.”

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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