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Ex-Blackburn, West Ham, Everton defender Neill to stay in Europe

Australian national team captain Lucas Neill says he is close to finalising his club future. The 33-year old defender is without a club after finishing an 18-month stint with Turkish club Galatasaray and is being linked with a few clubs including English Championship winners QPR.

Neill, the former Blackburn Rovers and West Ham United skipper and Everton loanee, says although he is yet to sure up his future, insists that it will be somewhere in Europe.

"I'm there or thereabouts," Neill said regarding his future.

"This week's been purely focused on (the Socceroos) and getting my fitness up to where it was.

"Then I'll have two weeks off and I'll start thinking about it.

"I'll also discuss it with the manager (Holger Osieck), talk about the options and which ones he may be able to give me some opinions on.

"For me I still think I've got a lot to offer there (in Europe) and I want to be playing at the highest level possible for me."

And Neill said that his ultimate goal is to still be playing at the top level once the 2014 World Cup in Brazil swings around.

"I see this as a new challenge for myself and I need to pick the right one," he added.

"My goal is to be fit and playing well for the (2014) World Cup. Some of you think I'm too old, but I want to be part of that plan."

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