Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has told the Swedish media his former Torino manager Gian Piero Ventura was demanding, having an impact some players at the Italian club.
Speaking to TTELA, the Leeds United star was asked about coming up against Ventura when Sweden take on Italy in the World Cup play-offs this week: “Very negative. He shouts a lot. There are many emotions. He makes great demands. He lowered quite a few players in Turin with his language. He had an outburst at me and screamed in training that I was the worst player he saw, but he probably didn’t mean that.”
Ventura signed Jansson from Malmo in 2014, but the Swede’s time in Serie A didn’t go to plan. The Leeds United player struggled with injuries whilst in Turin, and subsequently he joined the Championship side last year, initially on a loan deal.
In his first season at Elland Road the Sweden international established himself as a firm favourite with the Leeds United fans, and his move was made permanent in February.
Jansson recently committed himself to Leeds United by signing a five year contract with the club.
It’s unlikely the Leeds United defender will start the game against Italy on Friday, but could still be involved if there are injuries to either Victor Lindelof or Andreas Granqvist.