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Speaking to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Pontus Jansson has revealed why Leeds United sold him.
The centre-back has joined Brentford in a deal worth an initial £4m.
The defender insists that he was sold so that Leeds could balance their books in order to comply with financial fair play regulations.
“This is how football is. Leeds needed to sell to get a better balance in the economy because of the Financial Fair Play rules, and then they saw that they could make money from me,” Jansson said.
This goes against the initial reports that stated the Swede was sold due to his negative presence in the dressing room – although he is unlikely to go out of his way to admit his flaws, especially after signing for a new club.
If the 28-year-old is right and Leeds have sold him to balance their books, it has to be said that Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani have done a terrible job.
Accepting a deal worth an initial £4m for Jansson if you desperately want rid of him at least makes a bit of sense, but if they were trying to raise funds, they have been seriously short-changed.
They rejected an offer worth around £10m from Krasnodar last summer, and the former Torino man is coming off the back of a fantastic season as he earned himself a spot in the PFA Championship Team of the Year.
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We’ve seen top-class Championship defenders fetch a lot more than that in the past – Tyrone Mings has just been sold in a deal worth up to £26.5m, and Bristol City have set a £30m price tag upon Adam Webster’s head.
If the Whites have sold Jansson in order to balance their books, they haven’t done a great job as they look to have been ripped off.