Donovan says evaluating transfer options
United States forward Landon Donovan is considering possible moves to Europe away from his Major League Soccer club the Los Angeles Galaxy.
New York: United States forward Landon Donovan is considering possible moves to Europe away from his Major League Soccer club the Los Angeles Galaxy.
"We have had transfer interest and we will have some time to think about it and see where it goes," Donovan told Reuters after featuring for the MLS All Stars against Manchester United on Wednesday. "There is interest from a number of teams."
Donovan, who spent three months on loan with English Premier League club Everton last season, indicated there had been interest from Italian Serie A clubs, while Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini also said last week that an approach for Donovan was "possible".
Donovan, who scored three goals for the US in the World Cup finals, however signed a new contract with the Galaxy last December that runs until 2013 and as the most recognisable face of the sport in the US, the American league are keen to keep hold of him.
"Landon is an incredibly important part of the American soccer movement and to have him lead MLS after performing on the world stage, is extremely valuable," league commissioner Don Garber told Reuters on Tuesday.
"I am pleased that he renegotiated his deal for several more years and I hope that he will stay here for the rest of his career ...(but) it`s not my decision, it`s Landon`s decision and LA Galaxy`s decision."
Donovan said he would be in the US team who face Brazil in a friendly on Aug. 10 in New York.