Pontus Jansson has posted an emotional Instagram post detailing his sadness at leaving Leeds United in the summer to join Championship rivals Brentford – and plenty of Leeds stars have replied, including captain Liam Cooper.
Jansson, 28, was a crucial part of the Leeds side during Marcelo Bielsa’s first season. However, things seemingly turned sour when he was left out of the Leeds starting eleven for the second play-off leg against Derby – a match Leeds lost.
The Sweden international was subsequently sold in the summer by the Whites to Brentford, for a fee believed to be in the region of £5.5million. Financial Fairplay was also believed to be a reason for his sale.
Former Malmo and Torino defender Jansson posted on Instagram the sadness he felt to leave Elland Road and the disappointment in failing to gain promotion with the Yorkshire side at the end of last season.
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Another emotional year in my career. Started 2019 so good and were so close to the dream we all had. Never really been to open with my feelings but thanks for the fantastic year we had last year in Leeds, me and everyone around me will never forget it. Even though I’m still in the same league as you, I miss you all, specially the players and staff! ❤️ Even though it was a sad end i am the happiest man now here in Brentford. We are on a journey that can go really far and it has made me grow a lot as a player and as a person those months here! We should never stop dreaming and I think 2020 will be unbelievable! Another fantastic year with the nationalteam and we are going to another tournament 2020, think we can make something special! And last out, thanks to MFF for the love I have for you. You are the best club in the world ❤️ And of course my wife and daughter you are my motivation through all this ❤️ Thanks 2019, and I wish you all a good 2020! ❤️
Joining the club in the summer of 2016 from Torino – initially on loan – under Garry Monk, Jansson went on to make 120 appearances for Leeds in three years. His warrior-like displays earned him fan-favourite reputation.
He was also liked by his teammates and that is more than clear in the replies to his post. Both Luke Ayling and Kalvin Phillips responded by telling the colossal defender that they miss him, while Cooper also responded.