The 30-year-old was an ever present during the Swans’ promotion winning campaign and has notched up an impressive 325 first-team appearances for the Swans during a ten-year stint.

However, with many rivals for his position, the Dane allowed Tate to leave on a temporary basis and admitted that he is unsure whether the player will return:

“I don’t know whether that might happen,” he said when asked by the South Wales Evening Post whether Tate will leave the club permanently.

“I just heard a couple of days before Alan left that Leeds was a possibility, and he said he wanted to go and play some games.

“I agreed with him that he needs to play, 100 per cent.

“We have five players in his position now that Kyle (Bartley) is back – two of them can play, one can sit on the bench and then two more will be in the stand – so I think it was a good decision by Alan to go and play some football.

“Now we will see what happens, but whether it is going to be a permanent deal depends on a lot of factors.

“You never know what can happen here – we have seen already this season that we can have problems and suddenly be down to only two centre-backs.

“I really don’t know what will happen – let’s see.”