Leeds United: Garry Monk keeps watching brief as Swansea welcome Kyle Bartley back to pre-season training

Kyle Bartley.
Kyle Bartley.
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Swansea City are continuing to put interest in Kyle Bartley on hold after welcoming the former Leeds United loanee back to pre-season training.

Bartley has taken part in Swansea’s initial training sessions this week and will be used by manager Paul Clement in the club’s up-coming friendlies as Leeds wait to see if the Welsh club will consider fresh bids for him.

Garry Monk.

Garry Monk.

The centre-back spent an impressive year on loan at Elland Road last season, captaining United for long stretches of a Championship campaign in which the club finished seventh, but his form convinced Swansea to give him an extended chance this summer.

The Premier League side begin their pre-season matches away at Barnet on Wednesday and Bartley is expected to be part of the City squad who travel on tour to the USA towards the end of next week.

Leeds were keen on a deal to keep the former Arsenal trainee at Elland Road but Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk – the coach who brought Bartley to Leeds last July and who previously managed him at Swansea – is also keen to sign him.

Bartley is tied to Swansea for another year and could find himself in Clement’s plans for next season after five bit-part years at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea City manager Paul Clement.

Swansea City manager Paul Clement.

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