Richairo Zivkovic says he already views Sheffield United as his “long-term home.”

Zivkovic only joined the Blades on loan from Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai on deadline day of the January transfer window.

Part of the the deal includes the option to make the move permanent at the end of the season. And even though he is yet to make his debut for the club, Zivkovic certainly hopes that happens.

“I see this as my long-term home though, for sure,” the 23-year-old told the Sheffield Star.

“As a kid I watched Match of the Day with my father. The Premier League is a dream for me and I’m happy to be a part of it.

“I’m not planning to leave.

“People recognise you here and that didn’t happen in China. Sheffield’s a good city and I am looking forward to getting going.”

When could Zivkovic play his first game for Sheffield United?

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Manager Chris Wilder admits that both the Dutchman and fellow new signing, Panos Retsos, could make their United bow in the FA Cup next week.

The South Yorkshire side travel to Reading in the fifth round of the competition and Wilder is expected to make several changes.

This is despite the fact the Blades don’t have a Premier League game this weekend. They were due to play Aston Villa, but the fixture has been postponed due to their opponents’ involvement in the Carabao Cup final.

January signings Jack Rodwell and Jack Robinson have also been tipped to feature against the Royals by Wilder. The duo have only played once for their new team. Rodwell featured against AFC Fylde in the third round of the cup and Robinson lined up against Millwall in the fourth.

Zivkovic is yet to even make a match day squad as he regains his fitness having not played since November.

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