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“Leeds needed to sell” – Pontus Jansson reveals reason behind Brentford move

By Ollie Thomas

Published: 18:04, 12 July 2019

Former Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson says that Leeds decided to sell him because they saw it as a chance to make some money.

Jansson signed for Championship rivals Brentford earlier this week for an undisclosed fee. The transfer was met by disgust from Leeds fans, and Jansson has explained the reasoning behind the deal.

He told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: “Leeds needed to sell to balance the books because of FFP and they saw that they could make some money out of me. I said to my agent 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.

“My ambition is to play in the Premier League but I didn’t want to sit and wait for the right club in the Premier League to make an offer later in the summer and let this chance [to join Brentford] pass me by. I felt early on that Brentford was right for me.

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“It hasn’t been easy with Bielsa”

No one can argue that having Marcelo Bielsa as their manager has to be their number one priority for the time being. The celebrated Argentine tactician offers a pedigree which no one in the Championship can compete with and couldn’t have come much closer to returning Leeds back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

However, Jansson has admitted that his relationship with Bielsa didn’t help matters when it came to deciding his future.

“I have always liked to have a close relationship with my coach, like the relationship I had with Roland Nilsson or Rikard Norling, for example. That hasn’t been as easy with Bielsa and one reason for that is the language,” he said.

“I regard Bielsa very highly, as one of the absolute best coaches I have worked with. He is special, believes in his idea to the max and I have learned a lot from him.”