Socceroo Neill won't talk on club future

by AAP on Jun 03, 2012

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Socceroos captain Lucas Neill tried to brush off speculation about his club future following Australia's 2-0 defeat early on Sunday morning (AEST) to Denmark in Copenhagen.

The 34-year-old has been released by Al Jazira but wasn't prepared to talk in detail about his club situation because he was still under contract with the Abu Dhabi side.

When asked about the prospects of returning home to play in the A-League, he said: "Out of respect for my contract (which expires on June 30), it is not worth talking about."

"That is all I can say."

Neill was reportedly earning $1.5 million at Al Jazira and has been linked with Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr where compatriot Mark Bresciano is playing.

Neill said he was directing all of his energy into the national team before World Cup qualifiers against Oman on Friday in Muscat and Japan in Brisbane four days later.

"My focus is only on the Socceroos and, if my contract expires and when it expires, then I will address it," he said.

"Honestly for the next 12 days, I am going to concentrate on getting off to a good start in the World Cup (qualifiers) and the rest will take care of itself."

The much-travelled defender will be looking to join the seventh club of his professional career following stints at Millwall, Blackburn, West Ham, Everton and Galatasaray.