A lack of willingness to be a team player is believed to be the reason for the departure from Leeds United of defender Pontus Jansson, according to the Daily Mirror.

The centre-back seemingly had a long standing feud with Whites boss Marcelo Bielsa, a man who is all about the whole rather than the sum of its parts, and it appears that any relationship between the two could not be repaired.

Jansson, who left Leeds in a transfer to Brentford for a fee believed to be in the region of £5.5 million, clashed with the Argentine boss before the start of last season, and there were other signs of a rift between the pair throughout the campaign.

The Whites boss challenged the Sweden international, who regularly thought his ability merited a stage bigger than the Championship, to show he was a team player when asking the defender to join up with pre-season training earlier than he was entitled to last summer.

Their public feud continued to come to a head during the campaign too, and hit the heights when the centre-back refused to let Aston Villa walk the ball into the Leeds net towards the end of the season.

Although the Whites defender played down the issue, making out that it was against his defensive instincts to allow an opponent to score, it was another step towards a complete falling out.

The writing was officially on the wall regarding a likely exit for the Leeds centre-back during the Championship play-off semi-final, when Bielsa left Jansson out of the starting line up in the now infamous loss to Derby County in the second leg at Elland Road.

The Sweden international was seen to be visibly angered by the defeat, in what was his final action in a Whites shirt.


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