Argentine playmaker Marcos Flores has severed ties with Chinese Super League club Henan Jianye – and is open to the possibility of a return to Australia.
The 2010-2011 A-League Player of the Year, who ignited the competition with his wizardry for Adelaide United, is now a free agent after his contract was mutually terminated.
Flores has clubs in the A-League, MLS, South America and Asia already expressing interest in his availability.
"My heart is still in Australia. I have wonderful memories of my time in Adelaide and the fans there," Flores told The World Game.
"It's the place where I was happiest in my career. I had a great relationship with supporters throughout the A-League and would love to come back at some point.
"Whether that's going to happen now, or in the future, who knows? That's up to any potentially interested clubs and my management group."
Flores struggled for consistent game-time at Henan Jianye this season, with the embattled club third bottom and just two points off the CSL drop zone after 14 games of the campaign under the leadership of former Australia youth coach Jan Versleijen.
Henan, which signed Flores on a two-and-half year multi-million dollar deal last June, has adopted a dogged defensive style in a bid to eke out the points necessary for survival with the 26-year-old's free-flowing style seemed surplus to requirements.
"The system the club played just wasn’t suited to Marcos’ game, so it made sense to mutually end the contract," Flores's Melbourne-based management group, The Pitch Management, said.
"It's logical for the club to free up a roster spot for a more defensive type of player to suit the game style they are after right now, and for Marcos to find a club which can utilise him more effectively.
"We're talking to several interested parties about Marcos and, of course, he would be happy to look at any options in Australia.
"He has a soft spot for this country – that is well known."
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