Sunday, 17 February 2013
Ukraine Legend Andriy Shevchenko Could Come Out Of Retirement To Play In Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Former Ukraine international striker Andriy Shevchenko is set to come out of retirement to play in the Indonesian Soccer League. The 36-year-old former AC Milan and Chelsea player, who retired after the conclusion of Euro 2012 last summer, has been offered the chance to join ISL side Mitra Kukar, and will reportedly be paid $100,000 per game. "Obviously we're interested in Shevchenko, but we have to continue to discuss this question, particularly the financial aspects," Mitra Kukar manager Roni Fauzan told the Indonesian press. "Andrey has made clear that he is not against joining Mitra Kukar, but at the moment we don't know how much he'll be able to play." "We'd like to invite Andrey for 10 games, but he apparently is happy to play no more than five times," Fauzan added. Aside from Shevchenko's lack of match preparedness - since retiring he has hardly played, having instead devoted his time to politics and golf - another problem could be the Indonesian league's transfer window. "If we do sign Sheva he'll only be able to play in the second half [of the championship] as the period for registering new players is closed," Fauzan said. "But to start with we have to discuss the budget for transfers with members of the club's board." It has been reported that Shevchenko caught the eye when he appeared in a friendly for an AC Milan legends team against an ISL League All-Star side over the weekend. The 111-times-capped Ukraine international had a distinguished playing career, scoring a total of 175 goals for AC Milan in two separate spells, making him the second-highest goalscorer in the club's history. He was less successful at Stamford Bridge, where he managed just 22 goals in 77 appearances after moving to London for a fee of £30.8 million ($48 million). Having returned to his native Ukraine to play for Dynamo Kiev, Shevchenko retired from all football following his national team's elimination from Euro 2012 at the hands of England last summer.