Leeds United star Pontus Jansson still has hopes of Sweden reaching the World Cup, despite his country being drawn against Italy in the playoffs.

The 26 year old had an forgettable spell in Serie A with Torino before Leeds United signed the defender last summer.

Speaking to Aftonbladet, Jansson was asked about Sweden’s chances of making it to Russia after they been drawn with the highest ranked country in the play offs: “It would be good to go back to Italy, I have not been back since. Haha. It would be a special feeling. It would be fun to meet everyone again. It would be really good to smash them.”

Jansson’s spell in Italy with Torino was blighted by knee problems, which ultimately resulted in the Italian side losing faith in the Swede.

Leeds United rescued Jansson from his nightmare in Turin, and after initially taking him on loan from Torino, the Championship side made his move permanent earlier this year.

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Following his disappointments in Italy it’s likely Jansson will want to prove himself to his former club, and since arriving at Elland Road the player has managed to kickstart his career.

The Leeds United cult hero has established himself in the Sweden squad, and he’ll surely be part of Janne Andersson’s plans for the playoffs next month.