Former Warriors striker Nyasha Mushekwi has snubbed a return to his former Swedish club Djurgårdens after being reportedly offered a new lucrative one-year contract extension worth around US$3million by Zhejiang Greentown ahead of their return to the Chinese Super League.
The 34-year-old prolific striker’s future has been the subject of speculation in Sweden, where he is adored by the Djurgårdens fans almost six-year after a memorable stint in the Allsvenskan.
However, according to reports from Sweden, Mushekwi, who is in the Scandinavian nation for his offseason break is set to delay his Djurgårdens comeback by signing a new deal in China.
Djurgårdens’ sports director Bosse Andersson revealed that he met with Mushekwi in Stockholm last week but admitted that they would have to wait a bit longer before welcoming back the veteran Zimbabwean forward.
“Of course, we talked about how he had it in his club team and in China, it’s fun to meet again, but we also talked about future plans and what he wants to do,” Andersson told the Swedish newspaper SportExpressen.
Mushekwi reportedly attended Saturday’s training match between Djurgården and Västerås SK, and at halftime, he lined up for an interview with Discovery+ Sport where he played down rumours of a comeback during the current transfer window.
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“This season I do not think it’s possible (that I will play in Djurgården). It’s too early. But in the future I hope to come back “, Mushekwi said in the interview.
Another Swedish publication FotbollDirekt also reported that Mushekwi has been offered a contract extension with Zheijang FC.
The deal whose length is yet to be finalised is expected to be a one-year extension. The website further revealed that after Mushekwi’s goal-scoring exploits last season his new contract is expected to be worth a lot of money.
Mushekwi previously earned around 25 million Swedish Krona (around US$ 2,7million) net per year in China.
The veteran former Zimbabwe international has been rewarded with a new contract after a memorable campaign where he scored an impressive 23 goals to not only win the Chinese League One Golden Boot but more importantly guide his club back to the Chinese topflight via the promotional playoffs.
His tally consisted of a hat-trick and three braces and scored from the penalty spot three times.
This is the second time Mushekwi has won promotion to the top-flight from the second division in China after helping Dalian Pro in 2017.