Plenty of football fans across England were left shocked last night after Pontus Jansson had his switch from Leeds United to Brentford confirmed.
Many wondered why he made the surprising move and since then, the real reason why he departed the side from Elland Road has been revealed.
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) July 8, 2019
According to Danny Mills on the Football Insider website, “he wanted extra time off after the summer internationals”.
He went on to say: “He kept asking Bielsa and Bielsa kept saying ‘no’.
“It came to the point where Bielsa said, ‘that’s enough’. Jansson wanted special treatment and Bielsa wasn’t willing to give it to him. He has a firm plan for the direction the team is going and was not willing to change that.
“All of the others players, including those who played end-of-season internationals, were happy to come back. Jansson felt he deserved more time off. That was the final straw for Bielsa.”
Mills added, about whether Bielsa’s reasonings were right, he said: “Absolutely. You are a Championship player and the season starts in four weeks. Get yourself back in training, that’s your job and it is the way it is. You can have all the holidays you want when you retire.
“Last year, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier had 10 days off after the World Cup. Trent Alexander-Arnold played in the Champions League final on 1 June and then for England, and he’s back in pre-season training. That’s the price of success sometimes.”
A statement by Pontus Jansson read: “After some busy days I can finally say that I’m a Brentford player. I really believe in this club and this squad and can’t wait to get going! A new adventure and a new step and I’m so looking forward to it! Thanks to Brentford that made this happen and the big believe you have in me! I promise to give 100% every day!
“Have to thank Leeds United for those three years we had there. You took me into your hearts and have been fantastic since day one. Biggest of thanks to my teammates that have supported me and been by my side since the first session. As I loved to play for the club, Leeds will always be a part of me and my family! Thanks for everything and all the best in the future!”Like what the Fan Banter have on offer? Sign up for more Championship notifications!