It would be fair to say that Pontus Jansson has become a huge favourite with the fans at Leeds United for the passion he puts in on and off the field when it comes down to all things regarding the club.
The Sweden international has been a rock for the Whites since joining them from Torino and has been a mainstay in the side regardless of who has been in charge.
However, it appears he had the chance to leave Elland Road.
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Speaking in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, Jansson stated that he had an offer to leave Leeds last summer but told his agent that he was not ready to do so.
“I had an offer to leave in the summer, and I said to my agent, ‘I don’t want to leave Leeds in this way’. I didn’t want people to remember me for negative things, thinking, ‘This guy didn’t care about the club’,” he said.
“I really wanted to come back this season and give people a good picture of me as a person, to see that I respect the club. This club, I’ve said it before, it changed my life to something good. After a bad year in Italy with injuries and a lot of things happening off the pitch, I came here. The love I got from the club is just unbelievable, and I will never forget it. So it was my responsibility to really come here and do something good this year.”
Jansson’s comments will have surely endeared himself to the fans a whole lot more and many will surely believe that he has gone above and beyond for the club during his time at Elland Road, especially for Marcelo Bielsa this season.
However, what will make everything even better is if the Swedish international can help Leeds get back to their very best and navigate the play-offs in an attempt to finally get back to the Premier League.
You could quite clearly see that he was not on board with giving Aston Villa their equaliser last weekend following the controversy as he knew that it would end any hopes they had of winning automatic promotion, which goes a long way in showing how much he cares about the club.
But, if the club are not in the top-flight, will it be enough to convince him to remain in Yorkshire? That is a question that Leeds might be worth trying to swerve as if they do not, it would not be surprising if other teams don’t look to swoop in for the influential enforcer in the upcoming transfer window.
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