Alex Brosque’s immediate football future remains in limbo despite negotiating a possible return to his former club Sydney FC.
Brosque seemed all set to leave the UAE after a two-year spell with Al Ain, but appears to have left the door open for a contract extension.
“I am waiting for the technical committee’s report and the decision of Al Ain’s board of directors,” Brosque told The National on Thursday.
“If I have reached the end of the road with the team, I will embark on a new journey with another team.
“My contract with Al Ain is about to end and it is no secret that I am negotiating with my former team Sydney FC.
“Perhaps it would be a wise choice to go back in case my contract is not renewed. I will discuss these offers with my family to reach the best decision possible.”
In the absence of a new deal from the Pro League outfit, the 30-year-old seemed resigned to leaving as recently as Monday.
"It’s sad to have to part ways but it’s football so tonight was a special way to finish," he told reporters following the club’s President's Cup triumph this week.
Sydney CEO Tony Pignata has made no secret of the fact the club would like him back.
Capped 21 times for the Socceroos, the striker is a fan favourite at Allianz Stadium where he spent five years and won the Premiership-Championship double in 2009-10.
But the Australian has also enjoyed a successful period in the UAE, netting 17 goals and winning the Arabian Gulf League following his arrival from Japan’s Shimizu S-Pulse. The side has also reached the last eight of the current Asian Champions League campaign and qualified for 2015.
“All I can say is that it was a great season for us,” Brosque said.
“We have achieved all our goals by reaching the quarter final of the ACL and winning the UAE President’s Cup, despite our faltering start, which reflected on our productivity at the league championship.
“Our slow start to the season lost the team many points and widened the gap between us and the other teams competing for the first places, especially at the league championship.
“Consequently, the focus shifted to winning the UAE President’s Cup and to being qualified for the quarter-final of the ACL.”comments