By Harry Sykes
Leeds United striker Marcus Antonsson has revealed that he snubbed “lots of offers” from across the globe to agree a loan move to Blackburn Rovers.
The Yorkshire giants revealed on their official Twitter account on Friday that the Swede, 26, has joined Rovers on a season-long loan.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 11, 2017
Antonsson told Swedish outlet Barometern that he is disappointed to spend the campaign away from Elland Road but revealed that Leeds had made it clear he was surplus to requirements for 2017-18.
“I’m doing very well in England and the basic idea has always been to stay in Leeds, but I have to think about my career,” Antonsson said. “Leeds have been quite clear about loaning me. It’s a pity, I’ve been doing well, but this opens up other possibilities for me.
“I have never closed any doors. I’ve had a lot of offers from clubs outside of Europe but have more to give here [in England]. That’s how I feel now.”
Antonsson was given the green light to leave after failing to convince manager Thomas Christiansen since he was appointed in June.
The Swede did not figure much towards the end of the club’s pre-season campaign and failed to make the bench for Leeds’ opening-day Championship win at Bolton.
Tellingly, Antonsson also did not make the matchday 18 for the team’s League Cup win over Port Vale in midweek even though Christiansen rang the changes and gave opportunities to fringe players.
The forward was signed from Swedish club Kalmar FF last summer for a fee of around £1.5million.
In other Leeds United transfer news, Football Insider can exclusively reveal that Christiansen is lining up a move for a centre-back who is highly regarded and is captain of his club.