Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado admits he is tempted by a move to Major League Soccer in the near future.
Guardado is currently plying his trade in the Eredivisie in the Netherlands with back-to-back league champions PSV Eindhoven and has played in Europe for the last nine years, having left Mexican outfit Club Atlas in 2007 aged just 20.
Now, the 29-year-old has conceded his admiration for MLS and could find himself adding the US to a CV, which already boasts clubs from the Netherlands, Mexico, Spain and Germany.
“It would be a lie if I told you I hadn’t [thought about MLS],” Guardado said when revealing his new charity. “You start to analyse your future…. And we know that careers are short as well.
“I will turn 30 in September, and I can’t close the door on a league that’s growing rapidly.”
Guardado was part of the Mexico side which were thumped 7-0 in the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals by Chile and is unlikely to be granted permission by his club side, PSV, to represent his country at this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil.
The utility player – who has featured at centre-midfield, left-midfield and left-back regularly throughout his career – went on to say how the current list of stars competing in the States makes it such an attractive proposition.
“It is flattering that you are mentioned, because we know the stars that MLS goes after: Pirlo, Lampard, Gerrard, Drogba, Giovinco, Villa,” Guardado added. “They are all on a step way above [me].”
MLS commissioner Don Garber has had his say on the idea, having openly confirmed his intention to have more Mexican players active in the league, but the decision ultimately remains out of his hands.
“We would love to have the best possible Mexican players that we could convince to come to MLS, but it’s up to the player.”
None of the 23-man squad who competed in the Copa America for Mexico in the USA over the summer are currently signed to MLS clubs, with LA Galaxy DP Giovani Dos Santos cut from the preliminary squad.