Leeds United boss Garry Monk has described Kyle Bartley’s season as “by far his best” in an interview with Radio Yorkshire.
Monk, who managed Bartley when the two were at Swansea City together, said: “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, 25, has spent the season with Leeds United following a season-long loan move from Premier League side Swansea City. The move turned out to be a huge success, with the defender making 50 appearances in all competitions and chipping in with six goals. However, Leeds narrowly missed out on a play-off place after a disappointing end to the season.
Garry Monk has confirmed that he wants to sign Bartley permanently this summer, but the defender has not given any hints on where his future may lie. Bartley said last week: “My loan finishes next week and as far as I’m aware I’ll be going back to Swansea City my parent club, but ultimately I’ll do what I’m told and we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself at Leeds United this season, it has been a fantastic club for me, the fans, staff and players have all been great.”
Leeds fans would love to see Bartley back at Elland Road next season, as the defender has emerged as a real leader this season. However, the key deal for Leeds United this summer has to be securing the long-term future of manager Garry Monk.