Leeds United’s on-loan forward Pontus Jansson has given Garry Monk’s side a boost in the quest to land a permanent deal for the defender, after he told Swedish newspaper Expressen he’d rather quit football than return to Torino.
The 25-year-old has impressed during his spell at Elland Road so far, making 11 appearances in the Championship and scoring his first goal for the club in the weekend’s crucial victory over Norwich City, and signing the striker permanently remains a priority for Leeds.
Leeds possess the ability to purchase Jansson permanently once he reaches 20 appearances for the club, a tally he’s on course to meet in December if things continue the way they have been, but they face the risk of competition from other sides if a deal isn’t tied up by the January transfer window.
Whatever way things turn out, Jansson intends to remain in English football as he says he has fallen in love with the English game.
“Never in my life [would he return]! Although I am on loan. I really like Torino, I’m grateful for my time there, but it is not for me.”
“They were callous toward me so now I mix up my feelings. They have hurt me once already. Never in my life that I go back there. And I do not even think they know that I feel like this, but I’d rather stop with football than go back to Torino.”
Jansson’s goal at the weekend came at the perfect time for Leeds, as it saw them rise to sixth in the table and into the play-off spots, and the Swedish defender will hope to hit a vein of form in the upcoming clashes with Newcastle United and Rotherham.