Leeds United supporters expressed their worry on Twitter after Swansea City boss Paul Clement claimed that he wants Kyle Bartley to return to the club this summer.
The 25-year-old defender joined the Whites on a season-long loan, reuniting with his former Swansea boss Garry Monk.
Bartley swiftly became a fan favourite, playing in all but one of Leeds’ Championship games and even contributed with six goals and two assists.
The West Yorkshire-based club failed to make the playoffs, despite occupying a place in the top six for a significant period of time.
The disappointment could extend to the transfer window this summer following Clement’s claims that Bartley will return to the Liberty Stadium once his loan expires.
The Swansea head coach told reporters:
“It’s unusual loan players captaining the side, he’s done well, but from our point of view I’m looking forward him coming back and working with him. As far as I’m concerned he’s a Swansea player and he’s staying. He’s coming back here.”
As expected, the Leeds fans are not happy with his comments, but some are optimistic that Bartley will want to stay at Elland Road.
It has been suggested by some supporters that Garry Monk’s future at the club could determine whether Bartley stays or goes.
The manager’s current contract expires this summer.
Think what Swansea manager is saying about, Bartley, is to push his price up and start a bidding war #lufc
— Kirsty Stanley (@stanners_1982) May 11, 2017
— Daryl (@Dazelar29) May 11, 2017
Who's coming down Swansea with me to kidnap and fetch back Bartley…? We can drop off Grimes n Barrow at the same time…! #lufc
— Sean McIntosh (@Macky_LUFC) May 11, 2017
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) May 11, 2017
Swansea were never going to come out and say they want rid of Bartley, especially when they might be in Championship. Keep the faith #lufc
— Daniel Wood (@danielwood100) May 11, 2017
#lufc Kyle Bartley should refuse to play if Swansea won't release him ????????
— Batty's Mam (@wasreallynowt) May 11, 2017
— Kieran Newsome (@Kieran_Newsome1) May 11, 2017
— James Cockerham (@h_cockerham) May 11, 2017
The exodus has started … Taylor & Bartley down, who's next??? ????????????????#Lufc
— Matt Hill (@MattyHill83) May 11, 2017
I'd love to have had Bartley for another year or longer. Players come and go though. Get Monk signed on first! Players will follow. #lufc
— Lee Holdsworth (@jeeblufc) May 11, 2017
I don't want kyle bartley to go back #lufc
— I potato (LUFC) ???? (@KitchingCohen) May 11, 2017
Truly gutted if #lufc don't land Bartley he was immense best we've had in long time
— Mark Ramm (@rammy79) May 11, 2017