Pontus Jansson has revealed he misses life at Leeds United and is still in close contact with chairman Andrea Radrizzani.
The centre-back left West Yorkshire in July 2019 after the Whites failed to win promotion to the Premier League. In a shock transfer he signed for Brentford for an undisclosed fee. The Swedish defender, like he was at Elland Road, has been a big hit for the Bees and is a huge part of their Premier League promotion push.
Jansson was a key player for Leeds, but there was a breakdown in the relationship between him and Marcelo Bielsa and he moved on.
The domineering centre-back won a place in the Championship team of the year in his final season at Leeds. But the season ended badly when Leeds flopped and Jansson ignored Bielsa’s call for Leeds to allow Aston Villa an equaliser against them in a controversial clash at Elland Road.
“Leeds needed to sell to balance the books because of FFP and they saw that they could make some money out of me,” Jansson told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet at the time.
“I said to my agent [Martin Dahlin] that I wanted to stay in England when this situation arose. There have been several tempting offers from various clubs. But I am happy here and have made a name for myself in this country.”
Pontus’ ‘love’ for Leeds
Jansson did though move on for a fee believed to be around £5.5m. Now though, despite saying he is happy at Brentford, he has admitted he misses Leeds.
Speaking to Swedish outlet Fotbollskanalen, he said: “To be completely honest, I miss Leeds and love Leeds, but I’m in a place in life where I’m incredibly happy with where I am now at my new club and how appreciated I am there.
“But it is clear that I miss Leeds, my team-mates and the club.
“You who follow them know that it was something special. I will love Leeds for the rest of my life and follow them.
“I have a pretty close relationship with many of the players, I still often talk to Andrea.”