Manchester United's hopes of securing the services of Henrik Larsson beyond the end of his current loan deal appear to have been scuppered after the veteran striker claimed that he would return to Sweden next month.
Larsson, 35, has made eight appearances for the Red Devils since arriving on a short-term loan switch from Helsingborgs in January.
But although earning the plaudits for his performances, the former Celtic and Barcelona marksman claims he will rejoin the Swedish club on March 12 in time for the resumption of their domestic season.
"I am not saying that I am not flattered or grateful to get the opportunity to extend my stay but there are other things I need to think about," confirmed Larsson.
"The Swedish season starts at the end of March and I need to get back to that. I will stay only until March 12.
"This is a great adventure for me. I arrived in January and I'm going home in March to play in Sweden. It suits me perfectly."