Lots of Leeds United fans have responded on Twitter to claims from Pontus Jansson that he was sold to balance the books.
The centre half says that Leeds “saw they could make some money out of me” and had to sell him to balance the books with FFP (Financial Fair Play).
Jansson officially left Leeds for Brentford on a three-year deal late on Monday evening for an undisclosed fee, although it was rumoured to be around £5.5million.
It was reported on Monday by Football Insider that Jansson was allegedly asked to leave due to a “disruptive presence” and an “attitude problem”, however, Jansson’s latest quotes have thrown those claims up into the air.
BBC journalist Adam Pope wrote Pontus Jansson’s quotes to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet on Twitter, to which Leeds fans responded to in droves.
Jansson to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet: “Leeds needed to sell to balance the books because of FFP and they saw that they could make some money out of me.” #lufc
— Adam Pope (@apopey) July 9, 2019
Jansson said to Aftonbladet: “Leeds needed to sell to balance the books because of FFP and they saw that they could make some money out of me.”
Jansson continued and admitted to having difficulties connecting with Bielsa like he has with previous coaches, but did admit to learning a lot from him.
He added: “I have always liked to have a close relationship with my coach. Like the relationship I had with Roland Nilsson or Rikard Norling for example. That hasn’t been as easy with Bielsa and one reason for that is the language.
“I regard Bielsa very highly, as one of the absolute best coaches I have worked with. He is special, believes in his idea to the max and I have learned a lot from him.”
Leeds fans responded in masses to Adam Pope, with one saying: “Are we being taken for mugs by Radrizzani Adam because that’s how it feels?”.
Others doubted the legitimacy of Jansson’s claims, saying that if it was money motivated then they could have held out for a lot more than the alleged £5.5million as touted by much of the media. This user said: “If that was true we would have held out for a better deal, no chance I’m buying that.” Another agreed, saying: “Don’t believe this at all. If this was the case we’d get rid of the fringe players quick. Especially for the money we got for him.”
There was a varied response, although most appeared to disagree with Jansson and do not believe that was the reason for his sale.
Here are some of the responses below…
Are we being taken for mugs by Radrizzani Adam because that’s how it feels?
— Rich (@Rich1574) July 9, 2019
How bad are the finances at Leeds popey are we in trouble and do you still think there's a good chance KP will leave aswell?
— Jordan Townend (@Jordan91966387) July 9, 2019
Can we all asl ourselves this prime question. Why the AF would PJ need to say this if he was Leeds and not a stirring trouble maker and more to the point. Why is RADZ showing him the books?
He's not PH's ego is talking and I'm now thinking, good riddance.
— Leodis74 #FBPE (@leodis74) July 9, 2019
That's an expected bitter comment
— Col (@col1984) July 9, 2019
@Mike_J_Thornton Is this feasible? It would suggest that the losses were suddenly ‘so bad’ that we had to sell him for peanuts for an immediate cash flow issue? Surely can’t be accurate. He went for well below market value. Drastically below. Doesn’t make sense. #LUFC
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) July 9, 2019
If that was true we would have held out for a better deal no chance I'm buying that
— JT (@lufc_) July 9, 2019
Don’t believe this at all. If this was he case we’d get rid of the fringe players quick. Especially for the money we got for him.
— Parma (@Parma__D) July 9, 2019
wouldn’t sell him for so little if that was the case? sounds incredibly bitter
— jen???? (@jjenc_) July 9, 2019
He literally went for £5m?? Not buying that ????
— Gabriel (@bethgabriel_) July 9, 2019