After almost three and a half years in China, midfielder Selnæs is back in European football. Trønderen has signed for FC Zürich.
The agreement is valid until the summer of 2023. The Swiss club confirms the transfer from Chinese Shenzhen on Friday morning.
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TV 2’s football expert Jesper Mathisen thinks the club change is good news for the Norwegian national team.
– This makes him highly relevant for the Norwegian national team, so this is good news for Ståle Solbakken. This gives him another good alternative in midfield, says Mathisen to Nettavisen.
– Hot candidate to start
– In form, Selnæs is a player who is in a Norwegian national team squad, and he is a hot candidate for the starting lineup. Now he starts a little behind the others, since it has been a long time since he has been involved and the others know Solbakken’s system. But he probably learns that quickly. He can be an important player for the Norwegian national team, Mathisen adds.
Selnæs, who turns 28 in a couple of weeks, will be part of the club that won the Swiss top division superbly last season. Zurich then won the series with 14 points down to Basel in second place.
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Football expert Lars Tjærnås also thinks it is positive that Selnæs is ready for Swiss football.
– There are two advantages – a league that is relevant and competitive, and most importantly; that he will hopefully play regularly, he says to Nettavisen.
Tjærnås is nevertheless aware that it is not just a matter of walking straight into the Norwegian national team squad for Selnæs, after several years in Chinese football.
– The competition is tough, so he has a lot to prove before he gets playing time for Norway again, he says.
Long time outside
– In Ole, our team gets a player with tactical skills. With his personality and experience, Ole will give us even more important elements in our team structure, comments sports director Marinko Jurendic to the club’s website.
The midfielder has played 32 A-national matches, but has not represented Norway since Lars Lagerbäck was national team manager. His previous international match was in November 2019, when Norway beat the Faroe Islands 4-0 at Ullevaal in the European Championship qualifiers.
Apart from a loan to Hebei China Fortune FC for much of 2021, Selnæs has been based in Shenzhen FC since the transfer from Saint-Étienne in February 2019.
However, he has not been given playing time there since November 2020. The contract he had with Shenzhen lasted until January 2023.