Leeds United star Pablo Hernandez has claimed he is ‘not happy’ over the sale of Pontus Jansson, adding that he has lost ‘a friend’.

Marcelo Bielsa and Jansson parted ways in a £5.5million sale to Brentford, despite the defender being a key member of his squad.

A break-down in the relationship of the centre-half and the Leeds boss ultimately led to his departure, with financial fair play also touted as a reason behind the sale.

Now, Hernandez has spoken out about Jansson leaving Elland Road, admitting that it is ‘a big loss’ to the club.

“I lost a team-mate and a friend but this is football,” Hernandez told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“This can happen. Teams change players. I have lived through this a lot of times in my career. This is football.

“Obviously this is a big loss for us but other players come. Obviously I am not happy because we lost him. But this is football.

“I don’t think too much about it. The most important thing now is the players who are here and who play for Leeds United next season.”

Jansson originally joined Leeds on loan in 2016, becoming an instant fan favourite at Elland Road before securing a permanent move to Yorkshire.

The 28-year-old went on to make 120 appearances, scoring nine goals along the way as he became a permanent figure in the club’s back four.

Leeds parted ways with Jansson during the current transfer window though, as his 41 outings last season helped Bielsa’s side reach the Championship play-offs.

The season eventually came to a disappointing end, as they fell at the first hurdle with defeat at the hands of Derby County.

This time out, Leeds will be looking to go one better and gain promotion to the Premier League, however they will have to do so without Jansson and they may struggle to find a suitable replacement.

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