Football: Dahlin reflects on Everton decision

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MARTIN DAHLIN, the Swedish striker, yesterday revealed how much he wanted to play for Mike Walker at Everton next season. But the grind of the relentless English season turned him off a pounds 2.7m move from Borussia Monchengladbach. He is likely to end up in Italy or Spain.

The 26-year-old agreed terms with Walker to join his international squad-mate, Anders Limpar, on Merseyside, but then 'I simply changed my mind. I could just not convince myself that final bit.

'I was very flattered such a great club as Everton wanted to buy me. And I was impressed by their manager. Mike Walker plays the football I like, less English-style. But the season is very long and I don't think that would have suited me.'

Dahlin's colleague, Stefan Schwarz, is looking forward to playing in England, with Limpar's last club, Arsenal. 'I have spoken to Anders about Arsenal and he was very positive about the club,' Schwarz said. 'I know he had four good years with the Arsenal fans and players and I hope I can do the same.

'But the best way to do that is to win cups and titles. Winning the English championship is very difficult but Arsenal are one of the clubs who can take it from Manchester United.'