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Larsson to return to Swedish football

Footballer Henrik Larsson is leaving FC Barcelona in the summer of 2006 to return to his native Sweden, he said in an interview published on Tuesday.

“I am going home in the summer,” Larsson told the tabloid Expressen.

Larsson will move into his newly-completed house in Helsingborg and play for the local club, as well as the Swedish national team, while he waits for new offers.

“Interested clubs can contact my agent. Then I will evaluate the offers and decide,” he told the paper.

Barcelona had offered to extend Larsson’s contract for another year, for a reported 18 million kronor, and the striker announced in October that he would accept, but then changed his mind.

“After two years in Barcelona it feels right to come home,” said Larsson, whose stint at the Spanish superclub was marked by lengthy injury periods and competition with Barcelona’s other world-class strikers, meaning he spent much time on the subsitute bench.

But former Celtic striker Larsson, who is a favourite of Barcelona’s home crowd and scored five times in 20 matches, said he was not bitter about being mostly a substitute.

“I am not bitter,” he said. “But everyone on the bench wants more match time. I am no exception.”

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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