Brighton & Hove Albion’s Leo Skiri Østigård enjoyed his loan spell at FC St. Pauli during the 2019/20 campaign.
The Norway U21 international was a regular figure (28 league appearances) in the second division German club’s defence as they finished the season in the 14th spot.
Earlier this week, we covered claims from Kicker that St. Pauli want to retain the centre-back on loan for one more season, but they are facing a ‘problem’ because his contract at The Amex runs down in 2021.
TV2 in Norway interviewed the 20-year-old, where he expressed his delight for how things have progressed over the last year.
“It has been a very good year for me personally. I’ve played 30 games and got the playing time I wanted before going to St. Pauli,” he said.
Østigård is aware it won’t be easy for him to force his way into Graham Potter’s plans for the next season. After experiencing football in Germany, the player has opened the door to continue there.
“I still think it’s a bit early to hope for games in the Premier League as early as next season,” the Seagulls defender explained.
“I’m still young, but it’s a dream. Now it’s all about taking the right steps. I have the belief that I’m going to make it and play in the Premier League one day.”
“As far as I can see, it is important to either go on a new loan to St. Pauli or move on to another club. I have become very fond of Germany, and enjoyed playing in the 2. Bundesliga.”
“There may be other opportunities… I’m very excited. But there are opportunities for me, there certainly is.”
Østigård also makes it clear playing time will be a crucial factor when deciding where he will play for the 2020/21 season.
“I’m looking for playing time. You never know if you will get it in advance, but you have to go to a club that really wants you and that has faith in you. And then it is an advantage to know the coach and the city, because you have to thrive off the pitch as well,” he stressed.
“As far as I can see, as long as I get to play, I’m happy. I have been allowed to do this for years and it has gone well. I have got what I need and I hope it continues.”
With a year left on his contract, Brighton now have to decide whether to offer him a new deal and send him out on loan or cash in from his sale in the coming months.