Brentford took Fredrik Hammar from Swedish side Akropolis IF in January 2019 and he was initially part of their B team.

The 19-year-old made his first team debut in the Bees’ FA Cup win over Stoke City in January.

That has been his only appearance for the Championship side’s first team, and the midfielder seems satisfied with how things have gone so far for him in England.

“I’m happy. I managed to make my debut against Stoke in the FA Cup,” he told Fotbollskanalen.

“Now I’ve also been with them [the first team] for the last eight weeks at the end of the season. I am pleased that I have evolved and that I have been with the first team all the time.”

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Brentford initially offered him an 18-month contract, with an option to further extend it by a year.

Last month, the English club confirmed they have exercised the option to retain the Sweden U19 international until 2021.

“I’m glad that they continue to believe in me. It is a very good thing and especially in corona times as well. There are a lot of players who are without clubs and then it can be difficult to get a contract,” the player added.

Even though Hammar’s stay at the club has been extended, Brentford could send him out on loan this summer.

“It’s even more active now than before [January window]. I talk to clubs and the club also has contact with a number of clubs to see what would suit me well this year, while they also might want to keep me around the first team. It is ultimately the club that has the last word,” the Swede stressed.

“The club preferably look in England, as they can keep a little extra track and go and watch matches, but they are still open to a good club in Sweden or Denmark. It does not matter much as long as the club gets a good impression of the other club.

“It might as well be League One. The Championship is perhaps ranked as the seventh best league in Europe, so it is a very big league to play in. Thus, League One would also be a good option.”

When further quizzed about what he prefers, Hammar said: “It is hard to say. It is also not entirely wrong to be part of the first team and sit on the bench week in, week out, but right now we have a very good first squad, so perhaps the best thing is to go on loan.”

If Brentford send Hammar out on a season-long loan deal, the midfielder could leave the Bees as a free agent next summer, so another renewal would be likely before then.