In the first half of the season, Christian Benteke struggled with poor form and injuries at Crystal Palace.

Despite that, Roy Hodgson did not start Alexander Sörloth in the league and the striker was allowed to join Gent on a short-term loan deal in the winter market, where he reunited with his former manager Jess Thorup.

Last month, Gent’s board member Michel Louwagie told ‘Extra Time’ that his side were considering to make the 23-year-old’s temporary move permanent after this season.

However, that looks like a difficult option because Sörloth has revealed his plans to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, which are to return to Selhurst Park after his loan spell.

“I want to play for six more times for AA Gent, but after that my plan is A to return to Crystal Palace,” he said.

The attacker joined the Eagles from Midtjylland on the final day of the 2018 January transfer window and Sörloth gave an insight on how the deal took shape just minutes before the deadline.

 “My transfer to Crystal Palace was crazy. It was the last day of transfer period. I was in a training camp in Dubai with Midtjylland,” Sörloth explained.

“I had to go to London for all my medical tests. When I arrived in the meeting room around eight or nine o’clock in the evening, negotiations were still busy.

“The option of a one-hour delay was used, but even then, it became narrow. The papers were sent to Midtjylland, but the secretary discovered an error and they were sent back. Two minutes before the ultimate deadline, I was a Palace player.”

The Norwegian has scored four goals and registered two assists across all competitions for the Jupiler Pro League side.