Seven years have passed since Leeds United announced the permanent acquisition of defender Pontus Jansson from Torino, and the Swedish powerhouse has responded to Leeds supporters on Twitter.
The 32-year-old Jansson first came to Leeds on loan from Torino in the summer of 2016. Leeds signed him after he made an immediate impression on the field with his rock-solid performances and rapport with the supporters.
On February 2, 2017, Jansson decided to sign a contract on a permanent basis; the club had to pay £3.5 million when his Torino loan option came into play. He played 120 games over three years with Leeds, even managing nine goals.
He was adored by the public, had a hit song, and was formerly a star for Marcelo Bielsa. But then there was the episode with Aston Villa, where Bielsa gave Leeds the order to let Albert Adomah score against us.
Jansson disagreed, and the club sold him that summer for an undisclosed fee in an effort to support Financial Fairplay. After spending four years at Brentford, he rejoined his boyhood club, Malmo, in July of last year.
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Leeds United supporters receive a greeting from Pontus Jansson on Friday.
Leeds is known for having the kind of organization where fans stick with the team even after a player left. Connor Roberts is about to find out, having just finished a last-minute switch from Burnley.
It’s obvious that Jansson still has a strong affinity for Leeds despite the drama surrounding his 2019 transfer to rival Brentford. On Twitter, a Leeds fan account announced that he had been a permanent member for seven years.
In response, Jansson posted a four-word statement to Leeds supporters, reflecting on his three years there. He’s getting ready for the return of the Swedish season with his beloved Malmo, which starts in late March.
Check Out This Tweet
Some years we had ❤️ https://t.co/60nsyJt5XJ
— Pontus Jansson (@PJansson5) February 2, 2024