MICHAEL Mifsud has revealed he refused a number of offers from clubs around the world in favour of a move to the Hyundai A-League.
Mifsud, 32, has been in talks with Melbourne Heart and is reportedly set to sign for the A-League club this week.
The Maltese international has been without a club since leaving Valetta in the Maltese Premier League at the end of last season, and has since said he was seeking a move abroad.
While the deal appears to be imminent, Mifsud and Munn have stressed that the move is not done just yet.
“I’ve had discussions with the club and we’ve reached an agreement but the deal has not been signed yet.” Mifsud told The Times of Malta.
The striker, who has had spells at clubs such as Kaiserslautern, Lillestrom and Coventry City, says he had a number of offers but moving to Australia to join Melbourne Heart was the right one.
“They were not the only club who made an offer for me,” Mifsud said. “I believe that this is the right move, one that could open the doors to other opportunities in the future.”
Mifsud praised the quality of the A-League and is excited by the prospect of playing against the league’s best.
“The prestige of the A-League has increased significantly in the last few years, especially following the arrival of renowned players like Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey,” he said.
Mifsud also revealed he is excited to play in front of a large Maltese community base in Melbourne, with the striker described as a “hero among the Maltese” by Munn.
“I’m delighted to be going to a city where there is a large Maltese community,” Mifsud said. “Provided that everything goes to plan, I’m banking on their support.”
Despite his age, Mifsud believes he will play on for as long as his body will let him.
He told FIFA.com: “I’m 32, but as long as my body allows me to play, I’ll keep going. As for motivation, well, I’ll always have that.”