Melbourne Victory defender Rodrigo Vargas says he wants to stay in Melbourne and end his career with the Victory as contract negotiations with the 29-year old begin to gather momentum.
Last season’s Victory Medallist (tied with Archie Thompson) sees his career finishing in Melbourne but understands that things can chop and change in the world of football.
Speaking to the Herald Sun, Vargas said, “In football you can never close any doors and you’ve always got to keep your options open.
“But I’ve said all along since I came to Melbourne (Victory), I’m a Melbourne boy and I love Melbourne, it’s the best city in the world.
“So I’d love to remain here for the rest of my career. But you can never say never. Those things will look after themselves.”
The prospect of having a second Melbourne team added to the A-League by 2010 is an exciting one for Vargas and he welcomes the challenge of a 14-team competition plus a local rivalry within the town.
“As players, it adds an element of excitement and it’s good to know there’s two more teams coming into the league.
“We look forward to more games and, just knowing there’s more teams coming in, they’re going to be looking for players.
“I’d love to see two teams in Melbourne. Hopefully FFA will add another team in Melbourne soon.
“With two more teams coming in next season…I’d love to say Melbourne will be another one.
“Two new teams will bring an element of excitement for us.”
The potential for a cross-town rival is mouth-watering for football in Melbourne however a current rivalry that is simmering continues this Friday night at the Telstra Dome when the Victory take on the in-form Adelaide United with a huge crowd expected to see two of the top three teams clash.