Mo Besic will not be extending his loan at Sheffield United and has instead returned to Everton, according to the Sun on Sunday (31/5).
The Premier League has given clubs permission to extend the stay of their loanees until the end of the season.
This is because most loans would be expiring at the end of June. However, matches have been indefinitely suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
They are due to resume on June 17 as part of ‘Project Restart’. It means the 2019/20 campaign will now not conclude until at least July.
It has previously been reported that the Blades are in talks with their four loan players about extending their time with the club. As well as Besic, they are Dean Henderson, Panos Retsos and Richairo Zivkovic.
Why has Besic apparently returned to Everton?
Yet it is now claimed that the midfielder has instead gone back to Goodison Park and has had his time with United ended.
It’s said that all parties involved in the deal decided to end Besic’s loan and allow him to return to Merseyside. No specific reason is given, other than the 27-year-old is on the fringes of the squad.
This is true, with Besic having made just 13 appearances in all competitions this term. But the Blades have a busy end to the season coming up.
As well as 10 league games still left to play, they are also in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Reducing their squad numbers when they cannot bring in a replacement appears to be a slightly strange decision.
Especially as Besic will not be able to play for the Toffees either.
League rules stop this from happening, which effectively means that if true, his season ends now. The report does also add that the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will now have an extended rest before deciding what to do in 2020/21.
Besic is about to enter the final year of his contract at Everton. He has recently expressed his desire to continue playing in England for “a long time”.
Whether that is in the top flight remains to be seen. Prior to joining the Blades, Besic spent 18 months on loan in the Championship with Middlesbrough.