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Pontus Jansson’s brother confirms Leeds United star is happy at Elland Road

Pontus Jansson has been in the media this week for comments in the Swedish press.

Mathew Coull

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Leeds United fans have rightly been concerned over the future of their star defender Pontus Jansson during this international break. It comes after a number of comments in the Swedish press that have raised alarm amongst West Yorkshire fans.

Firstly, he appeared non-committal over his Leeds future in an interview with  Expressen in his homeland. The centre-back stated:

“We’ll see what’s happening, I want to hear from the club how to look next year and so on.”

SOLNA, SWEDEN – MARCH 25: Pontus Jansson of Sweden during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Sweden and Belarus at Friends arena on March 25, 2017 in Solna, . (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)

He then criticised the club’s treatment of his international buddy Pawel Cibicki. The summer signing told Fotbalskanalen that the decision to leave Cibicki out of contention was ‘political’.

Such comments have left Leeds fans wondering if the cult hero is considering his future at the club. Yesterday, during his press conference at Thorp Arch, Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom made it clear that Jansson was happy at the club, stating:

“No, none at all (worried about Jansson’s future). It’s well documented that all of our players are under contract, bar Pablo (Hernandez). There’s no issue.”

Of course the manager would have to say that. It is his job to ensure a united front at the club and make it clear Leeds do not want to sell any of their players.

But what about if his brother says the same thing. Peter Jansson, who is often in contact with Leeds fans, confirmed on Twitter yesterday that his brother is not unhappy at Leeds:

Whilst Jansson has not had his best season at Elland Road, his future is a primary concern for the club. He is a natural leader in the back-line and if the right defensive partner can be found for him can be one of the best defenders in the Championship.

This summer Jansson will be hopeful of going to the World Cup with Sweden and if he can get some game time in Russia his stock may rise even more. At that point offers may arrive which might turn his head.

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND – JANUARY 09: Uche Ikpeazu of Cambridge United takes on Pontus Jansson of Leeds United during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Cambridge United and Leeds United at Cambs Glass Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Cambridge, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

But at present Jansson is still a Leeds player and, seemingly, happy to be in West Yorkshire.

Is he happy with everything going on at the club currently? Probably not. But so he shouldn’t. Leeds are 14th in the Championship table and have again changed managers this season.

Jansson, like every Leeds fan, wants success and stability at Elland Road. Hopefully he will remain over the summer and help Leeds get to that level.

Aston Villa

Moussa Marega would be perfect for Aston VIlla should they get promoted

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According to the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are looking to sign Moussa Marega after the Porto striker’s asking price was dropped to £26 million.

Merega’s buy-out clause stood at £35 million, but Porto have been forced to lower their demands due to Financial Fair Play concerns, leaving Steve Bruce’s side in a perfect position to swoop for the Mali international.

The 27-year-old would be an addition of intent for the Villains, and perhaps the marquee signing that the fans would expect, should they be promoted at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

Steve Bruce’s side were unable to show off their financial power this season due also to Financial Fair Play rules.

However, if they beat Fulham in the play-off final, the claret and blues will be in a position to spend heavily over the summer.

3-year-old Albert Adomah has been a revelation at Villa Park this season, firing 15 goals as well as contributing six assists, leading the scoring efforts for Bruce’s side.

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However, if the Midlands outfit were to secure promotion on Saturday they would need further additions to adequately equip themselves for the gruelling nature of the Premier League. Marega would help them do just that.

The French-born forward scored 22 goals in the Primeira Liga as Porto ended their five-year wait for a league title, and now it looks as though he is ready for his next challenge, with a transfer appearing imminent.

Porto need to sell, and Villa need to invest if they are to see themselves grow into the Premier League juggernauts they once were, so it could be a move that benefits both parties.

However, the report also suggests that Wolves are in the hunting for the forward and, considering their track-record of attracting Porto stars in the past, the Villains must act quickly if they are to grab themselves an assured European goalscorer.

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Sunderland

Talented Jack Ross could be the man to end the misery at Sunderland

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Highly-rated manager Jack Ross was officially unveiled as Sunderland boss today, and he could be the man that orchestrates the start of a comeback for one of football’s biggest fallen giants.

The former St Mirren poss was permitted to speak to the Black Cats about their vacant manager position after the club suffered back-to-back relegations, seeing them fall to Sky Bet League One.

Ross guided the Paisley side to the Scottish Championship title this season and had also had talks with English second-tier club Ipswich Town, as reported by the East Anglian Daily Times.

The former Hartlepool right-back will leave a legacy at St Mirren after he guided the Buddies back to the promised land of the Scottish Premiership.

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His departure will undoubtedly break St Mirren’s fans hearts. However, the job at Sunderland has obviously proven too difficult to turn down.

After the Black Cats were finally cleared of all their substantial debt, Ross will feel he is the man who can finally steer the club back in the right direction.

The 2018 PFA Scotland manager of the year is young and charismatic and could finally be a figure worthy of Sunderland supporters getting behind.

Ross is undeniably still a risk for Sunderland considering he has zero managerial experience in England.

However, the Scottish manager already has a promotion on his CV, and Black Cats supporters should see themselves fortunate that such a promising candidate has filled the vacant position.

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Brighton and Hove Albion

Wolves at risk of losing talented youngster Cameron John

The talented teenager could leave Molineux Stadium this summer.

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Talented youngster Cameron John is still yet to make his Wolverhampton Wanderers debut and the youngster is reportedly growing frustrated with his lack of game-time.

According to the Daily Mail (live transfer blog, 23/05/2018 10.50am), John is in the last year of his contract with the Midland’s side and the Premier League new boys are willing to listen to offers.

Despite not making a senior appearance at the Molineux Stadium, the 18-year-old is still hot property and a number of clubs are preparing to swoop for him.

A talented centre-back, who can also play on the left side of defence, John has impressed Scott Sellars’ in his Under-23 side over the past season and he may be rewarded with a move this summer that will see him rewarded with greater senior opportunities.

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Brighton, Stoke City and Norwich City are all showing an interest in the Wolves’ young centre-back and could make an imminent swoop.

The Championship would suit John more than the Premier League and Brighton have also recently signed Leon Balogun from Bundesliga club Mainz, meaning the south coast side may not see John as a potential starter, but rather an addition to strengthen their squad.

Also, Wolves are close to announcing Willy Boly on a permanent deal, which could be a message to John that he is not in manager Nuno’s long-term plans. Therefore, a move to Gary Rowett’s Stoke or Daniel Farke’s Norwich seems most likely.

It would be a surprising move for Wolves to allow one of their best talents to leave the club. However, with heavy summer investments imminent, the club are more likely to be focused on bringing ready-made Premier League players to the Midlands, which could mean the youngster is better-suited finding first-team football elsewhere.

At only 18 years of age, John undoubtedly has a bright future and the growing interest of teams only showcases the raw talent that he possesses. He is a talented youngster, but he finds himself at a crossroads in his career, and it will be interesting to see what will follow with his next move.

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