Swedish right-back Anton Tinnerholm has confirmed he will not be returning to New York City FC for the 2023 season.

Tinnerholm joined the Cityzens from Swedish giants Malmo in 2018, going on to make 135 appearances for the club in all competitions, lifting Campeones Cup and MLS Cup titles – though a heart-breaking ACL injury meant he missed the run to the latter in 2021.

However, Tinnerholm’s current contract is set to expire at the end of this season and in an interview with Swedish outlet Expressen, the defender confirmed he’ll be leaving NYCFC.

“I will leave now after the season. It has been five fantastic years where you experienced most of what can be experienced in the United States. But it’s time for something else now,” said Tinnerholm.

With that in mind, the full-back’s final game for NYCFC was the Eastern Conference Final defeat to the Philadelphia Union, where the defending champions took a 1-0 lead only to lose 3-1 at Subaru Park.

Though Tinnerholm refused to comment on his next club, a return to Malmo – where he spent three-and-a-half years and won three Swedish titles – looks more likely. The player did also admit that a return to his homeland would be preferable.

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