Swansea City manager Paul Clement has delivered Leeds United a blow by revealing he’s looking forward to working with Kyle Bartley next season. The defender has just spent the season on loan with Leeds United, and the Championship club were looking at the possibility of retaining his services.

Speaking in his press conference yesterday Clement said he’s spoken to Bartley after being impressed with the player’s form in this campaign. The Swansea City boss believes for a loanee to captain a club is positive, and said that he’s looking forward to Bartley’s return.

“He’s had a good season, I’ve spoken to Kyle on the telephone and said ‘well done this year’.

“It’s quite unusual for a loan player to captain the side, but from our point of view he’s a Swansea player. I’m looking forward to him coming back and working with him at Swansea next season,” said Clement

Only this week Bartley gave hints he would like to remain at Leeds United, but couldn’t confirm if he would be at the club next season. The central defender told YEP he’s enjoyed his stay at Leeds United, and that he’s fallen in love with the club.

“I can’t say too much. But what I can say is that I’ve loved every single second of this year. I’ve fallen in love with the players, the staff, the fans, the club. It’s been brilliant. That’s as far as I can say,” said Bartley on his future.

Bartley was one of Leeds United’s standout players this season, and formed a solid partnership with Pontus Jansson. Garry Monk is likely to want to keep Bartley at the club, but it could come down to Swansea City’s plans for the player.