Juric keen on Europe move

January 02, 2015 09:36:49 UK

Western Sydney Wanderers could be about to lose star striker Tomi Juric, with the Australia international admitting he wants to play in Europe.

Juric was the hero of Wanderers’ Asian Champions League success last year, scoring the only goal of the final against Saudi Arabia side Al-Hilal.

The 23-year-old would have another ACL campaign to look forward to, starting next month, if he stayed with Tony Popovic’s side.

I want to improve as much as I can, if I feel like some place is a good place to go and improve my football, I’ll consider it.

Tomi Juric

But the club’s alarming form slump – they are without a win in their first 11 A-League games and have picked up just four points – makes it highly unlikely they will make the league finals again this year.

Juric scored 12 goals in total last season, including four in the Asian Champions League. He joined the club after they had won the Premier’s Plate in their inaugural A-League season, and has earned five Socceroos caps during his time with Western Sydney.

Popovic is looking to shake up his squad during the January transfer window, though he would be unhappy to see Juric leave. The striker is currently preparing for an Asian Cup campaign with Australia.

Juric is being linked with a move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, but says he would prefer to play in Europe.

“I’ve heard about that (Shanghai) offer, it’s been brought forward to me, it hasn’t quite hooked on to me to make that move yet,” said Juric.

Though born in Sydney, Juric didn’t play senior football in Australia until 2013 when he joined Adelaide United.

His spells with Croatia Sesvete, Lokomotiva and NK Inter Zapresic left him wanting to return to Europe when the chance came about.

“It’s something I’m looking forward to…Europe’s a goal of mine, I’ve been there and had a bit of a taste of it, things didn’t quite work out,” he said.

“I’ve come back now and reset all of the buttons and ready to go back and really start again. I want to improve as much as I can, if I feel like some place is a good place to go and improve my football, I’ll consider it.”

Western Sydney areĀ 3.00 to win their next match against Melbourne Victory, who are 2.25, with the draw 3.50.

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