Luis Garcia: I almost played in Malaysia

Former Liverpool and Spain winger Luis Garcia revealed he received an offer to play in Malaysia at the end of 2013.

The former Liverpool star was in Malaysia for the first time to be a guest pundit on Astro Supersport, but he revealed to FourFourTwo Malaysia that he could’ve been to the country much earlier.

“I cannot remember the name of the Malaysian club – it was one and a half years ago – but there was one that contacted me after I left Mexico,” said Garcia, who spent two years playing for Puebla FC and Club Universidad Nacional.

He said it was his former team-mate at Club Universidad Nacional, Juan Pablo Rodríguez, who tried to introduce him to Malaysian football.

“I am not sure whether he was playing for a team or helping one at that time, but he told the club about me and they asked if I would be interested to play in Malaysia.

“However, I was not keen on it because I missed my two kids in Madrid.

“I ended my career in Mexico because I wanted to be with them, and I could not imagine being away from them again.

“So, after Mexico, I decided to stop playing, spend more time with my family and start to do other things outside football.”

He did, though, temporarily come out of retirement in 2014 to play for Indian Super League side Atlético de Kolkata, where he helped the team to win the inaugural league title and scooped the league's Most Exciting Player award.