SOCCEROOS skipper Lucas Neill has dismissed speculation he is preparing to return home to play in the A-League but is considering a return to the English Premier League and also contracts in Russia and Germany's Bundesliga.
Neill, 33, recently returned to Australia for minor groin surgery to clear up what he called the ''wear and tear'' of 15 consecutive seasons as a professional footballer because he wants to be fit to lead the Socceroos in June. He cut short his season with Turkish giants Galatasaray to undergo the procedure in Sydney, even though his contract with them expires at the end of the current Turkish league.
Neill said he would be happy to extend his stint with Galatasaray because he enjoyed the football and the passion of the club's million-strong supporter base, and also living in Istanbul.
However, some of the approaches from England, Russia and Germany had given him and his management food for thought. ''I've really enjoyed it at Turkey. Leaving there early [for the procedure] was a sad ending to a disappointing season. Now I'm looking forward to next season and being 100 per cent [ready] and raring to go,'' he said. ''I love Istanbul, the people, the lifestyle and the football, and I wouldn't rule out wanting to stay in Istanbul/'
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