Report: Leon Britton to snub Garry Monk reunion for new Swansea deal

Reports have suggested that a potential move to Leeds United for the veteran midfielder will not occur, as he prepares to put pen to paper on an extension at the Liberty Stadium in the coming weeks.

Report: Leon Britton to snub Garry Monk reunion for new Swansea deal
Garry Monk (centre) and Leon Britton (right) celebrate Swansea's Football League Trophy success of 2006. Monk would later go on to take charge of the Swans and manage Britton for just less than two years. (Photo: AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

Leon Britton will not be leaving Swansea City to join Leeds United and will instead sign a new deal in South Wales, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Since appointing Garry Monk as their new manager this summer, Leeds have been linked with countless current and former Swans by the media as he looks to help the club push on after several seasons of standing still in the second tier.

With just one year left on 34-year-old Britton's current deal at the Liberty Stadium, rumours of him leaving South Wales have been growing stronger as the weeks have passed, but the potential of an exit appears to have been squashed now by recent reports.

The Yorkshire Evening Post have revealed that sources close to the player have 'categorically ruled out' a move to Leeds, with him instead to sign a new deal with Swansea 'in the next few weeks.'

End of an era can wait

Britton has been a key player for the Swans over the years, integral in their attractive playing style that so often wins praise from neutrals as well as pleasing the fans.

After spending the 2002-03 season on loan in South Wales while he was still on West Ham United's books, the midfielder has gone on to play 522 games for the club over the course of 14 years - one of which was spent with Sheffield United.

A Swansea side without Britton is one that many cannot remember, or imagine, and so when reports emerged that he could be leaving they did cause quite a stir, even given the player's age now.

However, it appears that the 34-year-old will be sticking around for a little while longer as he looks to add to his already incredible tally of appearances in a white shirt.

A much younger looking Leon Britton celebrates scoring for Swansea back in 2007. (Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
A much younger looking Leon Britton celebrates scoring for Swansea back in 2007 against Sheffield United - a club he would go on to spend the 2010-11 season with before returning to South Wales. (Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Bartley loan on the table?

One man who could swap the Liberty Stadium for Elland Road, however, is Kyle Bartley.

The centre-back went front being a regular starter to fourth choice over the course of the 2015-16 season, with him failing to play a single game under Francesco Guidolin's charge.

His only appearance in a Swansea shirt in 2016 came in January, in the terrible 3-2 defeat to fourth-tier Oxford United in the FA Cup, with him wildly out of favour and heavily expected to move on this summer.

It appears that Monk could offer Bartley a way out of South Wales too, with the Yorkshire Evening Post saying that the manager is interested in signing him on a season-long loan.

The report also understands that the player would be willing to complete the switch as he pursues increased playing time for the coming campaign.

Kyle Bartley watches as Oxford United celebrate in their 3-2 win over Swansea. That has been the defender's only first team action of 2016. (Marc Atkins/Mark Leech Sports Photography/Getty Images)
Kyle Bartley watches on as Oxford United celebrate in their 3-2 win over Swansea. The game has been the defender's only taste of first team action in 2016 so far. (Photo: Marc Atkins/Mark Leech Sports Photography/Getty Images)