Speaking to SvenskaFans.com, IFK Norrkoping defender Linus Wahlqvist, who has been linked with a summer move to Leeds United, says that it is his dream to play abroad and that the time to leave could be approaching.

The 20-year-old is soon closing in on 100 appearances for his current club, who are currently involved in a title race in the Swedish Allsvenskan division, the top flight in that nation. However he says that after four years with the club, now may be the time to move on and test himself in another country.

Wahlqvist, who can play either centre back or right back, accepts that it is the dream of every Swedish player in his league to make a big move abroad. Although he has he isn’t hugely concerned about it right now, the time is approaching for him to most likely move on,

“It’s every player’s dream to leave Sweden, and my time will come. I want to take the next step in my career. Now I’m in my fourth season in the Allsvenskan, and soon I’d have played 100 games for IFK. I feel ready and I’m getting better all the time. Playing abroad is something I dream about, but I’m not stressed about it.”

NT.SE made initial claims that Leeds United could be in the running for the defender. However, they are likely to face competition from Italian Serie A side Fiorentina if that report is to be believed. The two-time Italian domestic champions have recently changed manager, hiring former Inter Milan and Lazio boss Stefano Pioli to the helm. It remains to be seen if those developments will change the situation.

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