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Report: Molde's Ruben Gabrielsen turned down move to MLS, says Solskjaer

Ruben Gabrielsen -- Europa League -- Celebration


While Norway has quietly become a steady importer of MLS talent, Molde captain Ruben Gabrielsen apparently decided it wasn't the move for him.

The 25-year-old defender turned down a lucrative offer from a US-based MLS club, Molde manager and former Manchester United great Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told Nettavisen. Solskjaer said the combination of the club making the bid and the size of the offer gave Molde little choice but to accept.

Gabrielsen would've been a prized acquisition for a team looking to bolster its defense, having helped Molde to the Norwegian league title in 2014 and a runners-up finish in 2017. He's also worked his way into consideration for the Norway national team, though he has yet to be capped after making the bench for a handful of European Championship and World Cup qualifiers.

Gabrielsen could've joined countryman Jorgen Skjelvik as a Norwegian defenders making their MLS debut this season after Skjelvik signed with the LA Galaxy this offseason.

Among other Norwegians in MLS, forward Ola Kamara also plays for the Galaxy. Attacking midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem recently signed with the Seattle Sounders, and Vadim Demidov is still on the roster at Minnesota United.