Pontus Jansson has shown a touch of class as the Brentford captain posted an emotional message following the Bees’ failure to gain promotion to the Premier League, while applauding Leeds, West Brom and Fulham.
Jansson, 29, left Leeds to join Brentford last summer in a deal believed to be worth in the region of £5.5million. It saw the Sweden international end a three-year stay at Elland Road, in which he had become a fan favourite.
Since then, he has captained Thomas Frank’s side to within an inch of automatic promotion – only for West Brom to finish in second place. His Brentford side reached the play-off final, but it was more heartache for Jansson.
Indeed, an extra-time defeat to Fulham saw Brentford succumb to another season in the Championship – and Jansson to miss out on Premier League football once again. He posted on Instagram, applauding Leeds.
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Really tough to put words into the end of this season. We were so close but couldn’t take it over the line, and of course it feels tough a day like today. What I know is that this will give us extra motivation into the next season. I will also congratulate Fulham, West Bromwich and of course all my friends at Leeds for what you achieved. All the best next season! I am so thankful for all support I’ve got from all friends, family and people back in Sweden and of course to all Brentford fans that have supporting us over the season! See you soon! The biggest thanks to all players, staff and people around the team, we have given it all and never stopped believing! You have been unbelievable ❤️
It remains to be seen if Jansson will remain at Brentford and look to help Frank’s side gain promotion again, though the Bees are likely to lose a number of star players – including Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma.
Jansson, who still remains friendly with his former Leeds teammates and has a connection with Leeds supporters, has entered the final two years of his Brentford contract. Mateusz Klich responded with a heart.