Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has told the Swedish media he believes the Elland Road faithful understand his love for Malmo, because they’ve also had it tough in the past 20 years.

Jansson started his career at Malmo, before getting his big move to Serie A side Torino.

Speaking to Svenskafans, the Swede was asked if the Leeds United fans had an issue with him supporting Malmo: “I’ve never encountered any Leeds supporters who have commented on my love for MFF. On the contrary, I think they can appreciate it because they see that I really can understand how they think and feel.

“They’ve had it tough in Leeds for 20 years and in me they have a player who knows just how it feels to be a supporter.”

Since arriving at Leeds United from Torino in 2016 the Sweden international has become a cult hero with the Elland Road faithful due to his uncompromising approach.

He instantly became a key player in the Leeds United team, and his performances helped him force his way back into reckoning with Sweden after being snubbed at Euro 2016.

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Jansson is also held in the same esteem at Malmo, a club he supported as a child and also started his career at.

The 27 year old is still known to travel back to his home country to watch Malmo, and has indicated in the past he would like to play there again.

But not just yet, there’s work to do at Leeds first.