Seongnam Ilhwa’s Ognenovski attracting interest from Germany

Seongnam Ilhwa skipper Sasa Ognenovski has revealed his dream is to play in the German Bundesliga.

Seongnam Ilhwa skipper Sasa Ognenovski has revealed his dream is to play in the German Bundesliga.

The 32-year old Australian international defender admits he is growing slightly bored of the Korean league and hopes that interest he is attracting from Germany proves to be something more concrete than just talk when the European summer transfer window opens.

“The challenge really isn’t there for me anymore in Korea,” Ognenovski told The World Game. “I have always dreamed of playing in the Bundesliga.

"Even when I was a kid the shirt I loved the most was my Bayern Munich replica and that desire to join a Bundesliga club has been with me most of my life.

“I’m not sure whether it will happen. I have a pretty well-connected agent (London-based Paul Martin who also manages Tim Cahill) looking into things for me and there has been a little bit of interest here and there.

“I’ll know more probably in the northern summer and I certainly believe it’s a possibility.

“I am sure Seongnam won’t stand in my way. The club knows how I feel and I think they will be accommodating down the track.

“I could certainly stay on in Korea and remain professional and give everything to the club but I still believe even at my age I have some improvement left in me and I want to test myself at a different level and in a different environment.

“My body is holding up well. I’ve played 100 games odd in the last two years, only missing a couple through injury and I feel equipped to handle any demand placed on me.”

 
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