Shaanxi Chanba's Salley would love to represent Australia
Shaanxi Chanba midfielder Jonas Salley would love to one day represent Australia. The Ivorian-born Salley holds Australian citizenship and told tribalfootball.com that one day it would be great to play for the Socceroos.
When asked about the Socceroos and qualifying for next year's World Cup, the 27-year old said, "The boys have displayed great effort and made the nation proud.
"In regards to being selected, it would be an honour to represent Australia, although I have only been an 'Aussie' for a short while it would be great to wear the colours."
Salley is currently plying his trade in the Chinese Super League with Shaanxi Chanba who are situated 12th on the table but are only six points from the top four.
The defensive midfielder is confident his team can bounce back and push towards the top section and said he would also like to improve his own performances.
"(From)my personal point of view, I may say that it (form) has been good," he added.
"I can't complain about the way I have played just I'd like to do much better.
"Concerning the team, we are there, the results are not so great but there is still a long way to go.
"There's not a big gap between each team which means we still have a chance to make it (top four)."
The Chinese league is now on a mid-season break, giving Salley the opportunity to return to Australia and spend time with his family and friends.
"We played the last 3 games in 8 days so we are just on the mid-break now," he continued.
"I am already back here (Australia) spending time with my girlfriend but I am still training, every player received a program."
The Chinese Super League re-commences on Sunday August 2nd with Salley's Shaanxi taking on Chengdu Blades who are currently second-bottom on the table.