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Pontus Jansson admits he's 'not that close' with Bielsa, makes Garry Monk admission

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United  is sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Leeds United at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 19th January 2019.

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has discussed his relationship with Marcelo Bielsa.

Pontus Jansson of Leeds United  is sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Leeds United at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 19th January 2019.

Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has revealed to Leeds Live that he isn't that close with boss Marcelo Bielsa, and was closer to predecessors Garry Monk and Paul Heckingbottom.

The Whites have been excelling under Bielsa this season, with Jansson a key part of the Leeds back line once again.

The Swede has made 24 league appearances this term, and will be hoping to help Leeds win promotion back to the Premier League come May.

 

Jansson is working under his fourth manager at Elland Road in Bielsa, and the Argentine has so far been much more successful than Monk, Heckingbottom or Thomas Christiansen.

'El Loco' has dazzled many with his first season in English football, bringing his high-octane football to Elland Road with impressive results.

Now, Jansson has been asked about his relationship with Bielsa, and he has admitted that he respects Bielsa a lot, but they aren't too close.

Marcelo Bielsa, manager of Leeds United before the Sky Bet Championship match between Rotherham United and Leeds United at the New York Stadium, Rotherham, England, UK, on Saturday 26th...

Jansson puts this down to Bielsa living for football maybe more than the personal relationships inside the game, with Jansson adding that he felt closer to Monk or even Heckingbottom, which isn't necessarily a negative, just a different dynamic.

“Not that close, was closer to Garry Monk and Paul Heckingbottom,” said Jansson. “It’s always football with Marcelo, it’s all he lives for,” he added.

Garry Monk Manager of Birmingham City arrives for the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Birmingham City at the Liberty Stadium on January 29, 2019 in Swansea, Wales.

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