ERIK SVIATCHENKO is on his way out at Celtic and the Danish defender has revealed he would prefer to play in England than his homeland.

The centre-half has been linked with a move to FC Copenhagen with the nation’s champions reportedly willing to pay something in the region of £1.5million for the international.

Sviatchenko admitted: “They are a big club, so I don’t want to rule anything out – but the priority for me is to stay abroad.

“I feel that I have a lot to contribute and it’s an exciting challenge to be abroad compared to the Super League.


“I can see myself at a Championship club, for example. It’s a bold league where there are a lot of cool matches

“It could also be a springboard for the Premier League.

“I’m 26. I’m on my way to my best football age and I want to play somewhere where I can get responsibility.”

Leicester City were linked with a move for Sviatchenko a year ago, but, with a change of manager, that interest appears to be over.

Southampton, looking for a replacement for Virgil van Dijk, have also been mentioned as being intersted in the no nonsense defender.

Sviatchenko has not made a first team appearance for the Hoops since limping off in the Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg on August 2.


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