Landon Donovan tells TWC Sportsnet that he hopes to return with the LA Galaxy
If he has his way, Landon Donovan will not be leaving MLS after all when his contract expires at the end of the 2013 season.
Just days after Donovan told Fox Soccer Daily he had received offers from "teams in different countries" which he was willing to consider in the offseason, he's now made clear his desire to stay put.
In an interview on TWC Sportsnet that aired on Wednesday night, Donovan indicated his main preference was to remain in LA.
"I would like [to finish my career as a Galaxy player]," he said. "Obviously as you get older you only have so many more opportunities to do things you want to do. Financially, things come into play, so all things being equal, I would love to be here, and we're working towards that and I'm hopeful that will happen."
The US national team star also appeared relaxed when asked if anything would prevent him from remaining with the Galaxy, laughing as he responded, "Them telling me they don't want me, I guess."
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When asked whether he thought that could happen, Donovan's responded: "I hope not."
The club has already made public their intention of bringing him back. Galaxy president Chris Klein told ExtraTime Radio last week that "we want Landon to finish his career in a Galaxy uniform."
Donovan's TWC Sportsnet interview on Wednesday is a clear shift in the rhetoric around his future and it comes just weeks after he told FutbolMLS.com during last month's MLS All-Star festivities, that he had not made his mind regarding his future and would examine other opportunities in the offseason if they arose.