Leeds United boss Garry Monk has confirmed that he will try to sign defender Kyle Bartley permanently this summer, in an interview with Radio Yorkshire.
Bartley, 25, has been a key player for Leeds this season, emerging as a leader as the club finished seventh in the Championship table. On a season-long loan from Premier League side Swansea City, the defender made 50 appearances and scored six goals for Garry Monk’s side.
Bartley will now return to parent club Swansea City but may not be staying there for long. The defender’s solid form will likely attract several clubs this summer. Garry Monk has also recently confirmed that he will be looking into bringing Bartley back to the club for next season.
Monk was asked: “And part of your plans going forward, do they include Kyle Bartley? Would you like to get him back?” To which he responded:
“Of course. Kyle’s been tremendous this season. Obviously I have experience with Kyle and know him very well, but I think he’d be the first to tell you this is by far his best season. It’s by far his best progression as a footballer and his best football that he’s ever played and he’s come on leaps and bounds on and off the pitch.”
Bartley has made only 26 first-team appearances for Swansea in five years with the club and could be set to leave this summer. Leeds fans will be hoping that he returns to Elland Road in the hope that they can go one better and secure a play-off place next season.