Greece international Panos Retsos wants to stay with Sheffield United

Panos Retsos has admitted his heart is already set on spending next season at Bramall Lane, only three months after joining Sheffield United on loan from Bayer Leverkusen.

Saturday, 11th April 2020, 10:18 am
Updated Sunday, 12th April 2020, 11:46 am

Explaining how Chris Wilder’s methods have instilled him with confidence following an injury hit spell in Germany, the Greek international wants to continue working for the 52-year-old next term despite making only one appearance since leaving the Bundesliga club.

“Yes, I would like to continue in England and Sheffield because he believes in me a lot,” Retsos said. “He has plan for me and it’s important to get games in my feet and get even better that I was.”

Retsos has spent three weeks training at the home he shares with his brother and agent in the city, after United’s squad were forced to temporarily vacate the Steelphalt Academy due to the coronavirus crisis.

Sign up to our Sheffield United newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Seventh in the Premier League table before the fixture calendar was suspended indefinitely, Retsos made his debut for Wilder’s side during the FA Cup win over Reading, which saw them set-up a quarter-final tie against Arsenal. That match has also yet to be played.

Speaking to the Sport24 network in his homeland, Retsos acknowledged the situation is challenging as he adapts to life in a new country.

Wilder told The Star that United entered a clause enabling them to sign the centre-half on a permanent basis when his tempoary deal expires in May. Retsos’ fellow loanee Richairo Zivkovic is subject to a similar agreement and, given the disruption Covid-19 has caused to schedules across the globe, United expect both Leverkusen and the striker’s parent club Changchun Yatai to extend that time frame until the present campaign is completed.

“I was very healthy at the beginning of last summer’s preparation (with Leverkusen) and I wanted to claim a place but the kids who were playing were playing pretty good,” Retsos, previously of Olympiakos, said. “Then I got to that level, after two or three months, and saw that I wasn’t going to be getting in as much as I’d like."

Panos Retsos wants to stay with with Sheffield United next season, after settling in to life with the Premier League club: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to The Star website and enjoy unlimited access to local news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Richairo Zivlovic and Panos Retsos are both being forced to train at home during the coronavirus pandemic: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Thank you

Nancy Fielder, editor