Adelaide United’s Leckie to defer Germany move

Adelaide United young gun Mathew Leckie says he will postpone a chance to move to Germany in January so he can stay with the A-League club.
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Adelaide United young gun Mathew Leckie says he will postpone a chance to move to Germany in January so he can stay with the A-League club.

The 19-year old attacking star is believed to be close to a three-year deal with German Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach but he has confirmed that a move in January will not occur.

"I would definitely rather stay for the season for both me and the club," he told the Adelaide Advertiser.

"We are having a really great season. I want to be part of the whole thing.

"Adelaide gave me the opportunity and I took it, but I would never have had it if it wasn't for them. I would like to prove how happy I am with the chance."

Leckie’s agent, John Grimaud, confirmed that his client would remain in the A-League until the end of the 2010/11 season before making the move to Germany where he is sure the Melbourne-born striker will make it.

"He will stay to season's end. Monchengladbach is the club we are dealing with and they have come out twice to speak," Grimaud said. "We won't be trying to deal with other clubs for the sake of a few bucks.

“It is a great league, a difficult league, but it has a focus on developing young players. You only have to look at the young players coming from the Bundesliga and Monchengladbach to the German national team like Marco Reus and Patrick Herrmann.

"Mark Bosnich has kindly said that while 80 per cent of Australian players don't make it overseas, he will be in the 20 per cent that do."