By Craig Scott

9th Apr, 2020 | 6:00pm

Ex-Leeds star: Bielsa told me I'm the best player in the league

Pontus Jansson has revealed that Marcelo Bielsa once told him that he was the best player not only at Leeds United – but in the whole Championship.

Jansson, 29, left Elland Road in the summer transfer window to join Brentford as Leeds aimed to strike a financial balance that would see them bid for promotion without coming close to flouting FFP and P&S rules.

Since joining the Bees, Jansson has been made captain and made 25 appearances in what has so far been an encouraging season at Griffin Park.

However Leeds have certainly not missed the big Swede with Ben White replacing him in the backline for the Whites, who now sit top of the Championship table with the league’s best defensive record.

Selling Jansson must have been a tough decision for Bielsa though as the Leeds manager once offered some huge praise to the defender.

“I got a lot of praise last year,” Jansson told Sweden newspaper Expressen. “Bielsa said I was the best player in the league, the best in his team and my name seemed a lot. This year I have matured partly as a captain but also how I managed the team.”

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Jansson is certainly a great centre-back and it was a bit of a shock when Leeds sold him for a fee starting at £4million to a Championship rival when he’s shown the ability to play in the Premier League.

However Jansson was reported to have fallen out with Bielsa after he failed to obey the Argentine’s orders when he tried to stop Aston Villa scoring a goal that the manager instructed to be given.

If that happens then managers have no option but to sell but Jansson only did that because he is a born winner.

In other Leeds United news, a two-hour special about Leeds will be aired on Sky Sports this weekend.