Chipperfield shuns move to A-League

by AAP on Apr 25, 2011

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Former Socceroo Scott Chipperfield has shunned a move to the A-League next season, signing a one-year extension with Swiss champions FC Basel.

Chipperfield was in December linked to a move to A-League club Sydney FC for the 2011/2012 season and the 35-year-old expressed an intention to end his glittering career back in Australia.

"They are interested, I am interested, it's definitely an option," Chipperfield told the Illawarra Mercury in December.

"Signing with Sydney FC would be good for me, I could finish my career at home.

"It would be good to have one more year and have my family and friends come and see me play."

However, the former Wollongong Wolves midfielder has penned a deal which keeps him at FC Basel until June 2012, ending speculation he will return to Australia.

Chipperfield has been with Basel since 2001 making 368 appearances and scoring 84 goals.

He has won 10 trophies with the Swiss club, including five league titles and was named FC Basel Player of the Year in 2010, capping a great season in which the club bagged the league and cup double.

He most recently scored in Saturday's 2-1 Super League win over Young Boys.