Toby Had the Chance to Leave

Last updated : 23 February 2007 By Martyn Bowers
Roy Keane has revealed that he rebuffed a number of offers for the Sunderland star from Swedish clubs. One is thought to be IFK Gothenburg - Hysen's dream club. However, the passionate forward was reluctant to leave The Black Cats, whom he has just joined in the summer in a switch from Swedish champions, Djurgardens.

Sunderland boss, Roy Keane said: "I spoke to Toby just before Christmas because a club made an offer for him," said Keane.

"We had a chat. I told him I wanted him to stay and he said he didn't want to leave. It was straight-forward.

"When I first came here, I left him out for the first few games but he just kept his head down and worked really hard.

"You have to remember he had a busy time. He had a full season before he came here and he had had no rest.

"When a player comes to England, you always have to give him a few months to get into the swing of things."