U.S.'s Mix Diskerud in talks to extend loan to Sweden's IFK Goteborg - source
U.S. international midfielder Mix Diskerud is in talks to have his loan to Swedish side IFK Goteborg extended through the end of 2017, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPN FC.
Diskerud, 26, has been playing with Goteborg since March when he was loaned out by New York City FC, but the deal was due to expire on Aug. 27, hence the need for an extension. His original contract with NYCFC runs through the end of 2018.
FotbollTransfers.com reported that in an interview with the Football Channel, Diskerud said, "I'd love to stay. I like the guys and the club."
He added, "My people are talking to the club here and then on with the club over there. There are three parties. Hopefully, it will be resolved."
Just prior to the initial loan, NYCFC exercised a one-time buyout of Diskerud's contract. While New York has still been on the hook to pay most of Diskerud's wages, he has had no impact on the team's salary budget this season.
According to the MLS Players' Union, Diskerud made a base salary of $761,250 in 2016. A league source said in March that the loan would provide NYCFC with "minor salary relief only."
Diskerud has been able to rebuild his career to a degree in Sweden, after falling out of favor with NYCFC manager Patrick Viera. Diskerud has made 19 appearances in all competitions for Goteborg, scoring three goals. Goteborg are currently ninth in the Swedish top flight, 18 points behind first place Malmo.
NYCFC signed Diskerud just before the 2015 campaign and he made 27 appearances for the club under then-manager Jason Kreis, scoring three goals -- including the team's first-ever -- and adding one assist.
But following Kreis' firing at the conclusion of the 2015 season, and the subsequent hiring of Vieira, Diskerud fell down the NYCFC depth chart. He made just 12 league appearances in 2016, none after last June, scoring just once and adding two assists.
Diskerud's time in Sweden has yet to have any impact on his international prospects. The last of his 36 appearances came as a substitute on Oct. 13, 2015, in a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica.
In addition to his time with New York City FC, Diskerud has played with Norwegian sides Stabaek and Rosenborg, as well as Belgian side Gent.
Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @JeffreyCarlisle.