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.”
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:
And Paul is absolutely correct!
— Peter Jansson (@pejansson) March 28, 2018
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.
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.