Mark Bresciano happy in Italy
Mark Bresciano has shed his concerns about playing in Italy and says he could even extend his contract with Palermo beyond next season.
DUBAI, June 5 AAP - Mark Bresciano has shed his concerns about playing in Italy and says he could even extend his contract with Palermo beyond next season.
The Qantas Socceroos winger had been desperate to make a move to the English Premier League in recent seasons after a decade in Italy's top flight.
He seemed certain to join Manchester City in 2007 and was again linked to a move to England in the January transfer last year.
But Bresciano, who has been among the Qantas Socceroos' best players in recent World Cup qualifiers, is enjoying his football again and feeling more settled than ever.
"This year, I've enjoyed it a lot," said Bresciano, who scored four goals in 26 appearances for Palermo this season.
"I did miss a lot of games through injuries and suspension but I really enjoyed it.
"I've got one more year (on contract) and they're actually looking to re-sign (me) as well.
"I'm happy to stay. I just think I'll play another year there and see what happens."
The 29-year-old did not rule out a move to England in the future, but admitted it had become less of a priority.
"I think one day I'd love to go and play there," he said.
"But a couple of years ago, I think I was more hungry to go to England.
"Now I'm really enjoying it in Italy so that's my No.1 priority."
Bresciano's immediate focus is on helping Australia secure a point against Qatar in Doha on Sunday morning (AEST) to ensure successive World Cup finals berths.
"It will mean the world to us," he said of qualification.
"That's the maximum a footballer can do, to represent his country at a World Cup and that's what we are here for.
Even if we only get a point on Saturday, everyone's going to more than happy, because it's going to get us to the World Cup."
While Australia has had the wood over Qatar in its three previous meetings, Bresciano is not expecting this game to a walk in the park.
"No not at all," he replied when asked if he thought it would be an easy game. "This is their last chance; for them it's do or die.
"You always have to be careful when you are coming up against teams with their last chance (of staying in touch). We have to be careful; be patient; try and keep the ball and play our game.
"The most important thing is to get a point and get Australia to the World Cup," he added.