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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 February, 2004, 14:30 GMT
Larsson rejected Man Utd
Celtic striker Henrik Larsson
Henrik Larsson will leave Celtic at the end of the season
Henrik Larsson snubbed a move to Manchester United two years after he arrived at Celtic Park.

And the Swedish striker insists that he has no regrets about rejecting the chance to play for Sir Alex Ferguson.

"It was in my second season at Celtic," said Larsson.

"But I had had a rough time in Holland, my family was settled, I had started getting going again with my football and did not want to break that up. I have no regrets."

Celtic had paid Feyenoord a cut-price 650,000 for Larsson in 1997 and turned a troubled winger into one of Europe's top goalscoring strikers.

"I am fully aware of what Manchester United have achieved," said Larsson.

I am in no hurry to make a decision
Henrik Larsson
"But, if you make a decision, you can have no regrets.

"Celtic turned into a good team and I love the club."

Larsson has long since decided that he would leave Glasgow when his contract ends in the summer.

The former Sweden international had been linked with Newcastle and Arsenal, as well as Real Mallorca.

But the 32-year-old is set to disappoint English Premiership suitors again and has reiterated his preference for a move to Spanish football.

"I would not shut the door on the Premiership, but I would like to go to Spain or somewhere where it is warm, not for a holiday but to enjoy my football," he said.

"I would love to play for one of the bigger clubs, but I am 32 and have to be realistic and know for a fact that Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia will never come for me.

"But there are other clubs who have hopes of the title and who can play in Europe.

"I am in no hurry to make a decision. Something has to be really good for me to do it and there's always the option of going back to Sweden, where I already have a house built."

Livingston this week became the third Scottish Premier League club to go into administration in recent months and Celtic themselves have been forced to cut back on their budget for signings and wages.

Larsson admitted that he would think twice about moving to Scottish football if he had been contemplating it in the current climate.

"It's very sad what's going on here, because it's very important that the game is on a high and shows the rest of the world that it's not as bad as everybody makes out," he said.

"I could say it is a good time to be going. It's a little bit sad they have let it go as far as it has."





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