Panagiotis Retsos saw his playing time limited at Bayer Leverkusen in the first half of this season.

A lack of opportunities convinced the 21-year-old to join Sheffield United on a loan deal in the winter market.

The defender’s decision to join the Blades hasn’t paid off as he has made only one appearance from them, which came in Sheffield United’s FA Cup win over Reading last month.

Chris Wilder’s side took the South Africa-born Greece international on a dry loan deal and even though he’s featured for the Premier League side for less than 15 minutes, he has set his sights on extending his stay at Bramall Lane.

“I would like to stay with Sheffield because the coach believes in me. He has a plan and it is very important for me to play games so that I can get even better,” Retsos told Kicker.

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Retsos’ contract with the Bundesliga side runs down in 2022. Leverkusen paid €17.5m to Olympiacos in signing the player and Kicker are not clear whether or not Sheffield United are ready to offer a similar fee, if they decide to make his stay permanent.

Meanwhile, suggests another loan move could be on the cards for Retsos, if Sheffield United decide against signing him permanently the summer.

Regarding the defender, Leverkusen CEO Rudi Völler said: “Panos needs a club that he simply plays for. This is important for his career.”