By Will Butcher
Marcus Antonsson has failed to rule out a move back to his home country of Sweden after a disappointing first campaign with Leeds.
Swedish publication Fotboll Direkt claim Swedish top-flights sides are interested in the 26-year-old, including AIK, just one season after Antonsson left Kalmar FF for Leeds.
In an interview with Fotboll Direkt, the out-of-favour striker claimed that it was flattering to receive interest from Allsvenskan sides, but believes he still has something to prove in England.
“It’s a sign that you have done something good. Of course it is flattering when Allsvenskan big clubs want you,” Antonsson declared.
“I have grown up with the headlines and love the league, so of course it is flattering. But my focus is still on Leeds, and I know I’m far from done abroad.
“I love the [Swedish] Premier League so of course you want to do it sometime. And I have things to do there, too, I have not won the top scorer yet.”
The striker is not the only Leeds ace said to be interesting top-flight clubs, with The Sun claiming that West Brom are interested in out-of-contract defender Charlie Taylor.
Antonsson moved to Elland Road as Garry Monk’s first signing as Leeds manager for a fee of £2million from Kalmar, but has endured a difficult season in Yorkshire.
Making just 21 appearances in all competitions, the Swede started just 10 games and scored only three goals as he played understudy to Championship top scorer Chris Wood.
New Zealand international Wood has kept Antonsson out of the picture by scoring a huge 30 goals in all competitions for the Yorkshire giants this term.
With a contract at Elland Road until 2020, it remains to be seen how much Leeds would charge for the forward who has also played for Swedish outfit Halmstads BK.
Football Insider verdict:
Antonsson has been unlucky to find himself behind first-choice striker Chris Wood this season, who has far surpassed expectation to fire Leeds to within a whisker of the Championship play-offs. A loan move back to his home country or to another Championship side could be perfect for Antonsson, as he has shown that he is more than capable of finding the back of the net against Championship opposition when given the chance, scoring against Norwich and Sheffield Wednesday. If he is able to rediscover the form that first earned him a move to Monk’s side, Antonsson could still have a future at Elland Road in the future.
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