Robin Olsen: “The deal with Sheffield was completed just minutes before the deadline.”


Swedish international Robin Olsen discussed his return to England after completing a loan move to Sheffield United last week.

After joining Roma in 2018, the Swede will spend his third consecutive season on loan away from the Italian capital following spells at Cagliari and Everton.

Roma hoped to sell the shot-stopper permanently and officially end his association with the club. Olsen was disastrous in his lone season in the Italian capital and was aware he had no future at the club.

After weeks of waiting, a deal was struck between the Giallorossi and Sheffield United—but the goalkeeper revealed it came down to the wire.

“The deal was finalised 4-5 minutes before the window closed,” he said during a press conference according to FotbollSkanalen. “One final document needed to be signed, it was very stressful.”

“My heart kept rising and the clock kept ticking down. My desire was to leave because Roma have shown they don’t want, I was keen to move on and a good solution was found in the end.”

He continued, “My wish was to continue playing in England. I got the feeling last year that this is where I want to play. My family enjoyed themselves so it’s great to be back.”

“I’m very happy that the situation was resolved in the end. Negotiations started during the Euro, but I didn’t want to lose focus. I have two years left on my contract with Roma, now was probably their chance to sell me and make good money.”

“I’m just relieved that it worked out. Sheffield is a nice club that was in the Premier League last season and has the ambition to go up again. I want to be part of that journey,” he said.

“It’s also the case that I need playing time. I enjoyed myself in England last year and felt that I wanted to stay in England. I hope that the journey there can end very well.”