Amini spoiled for choice as Denmark exit confirmed


After five years in Denmark, Socceroos midfielder Mustafa Amini is juggling a plethora of possibilities over where to next, with interest from England, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Amini and his agent, former NSL player Buddy Farah, have confirmed he will almost certainly depart the Danish Superliga at the end of the season.

And there appears no shortage of potential destinations for the AGF Aarhus linchpin, who after four unbroken years is the club’s longest ever serving foreign signing.

At 27, Amini - who left Central Coast Mariners to join Borussia Dortmund nine years ago - is looking for fresh impetus elsewhere.

In purely financial terms, Saudi Arabia offers the most lucrative option.

But Farah said Amini would be looking for a new home which fits his ongoing international commitments and offers a football philosophy he can buy into.

With Amini off contract next month, It’s likely a deal would already have been agreed but for the disruption to world football wrought by the coronavirus.

“There’s interest from a number of countries but I can’t go into specifics,” Farah said.

“We’ll see which ones are good and which ones aren’t and break it down into what’s going to be beneficial for his career moving forward.

“There are of course considerations around the national team which have to be taken into account as well.

“Obviously with COVID-19 we’re in a bit of a holding pattern (regarding confirmation of a new deal).”

Amini told Danish outlet BT Sport on Sunday of his desire to push the boundaries of his career elsewhere.

“If something good comes up, I'll look at it, of course. It is part of football that you go on,” Amini said.

“AGF has been good to me and it’s a place I will remember for the rest of my life. Aarhus is the city where my daughter was born, so I never think I'll forget it.

“The future is uncertain, and that's the same with many players whose contracts are about to expire.

“Leagues are shut down and are still figuring out whether to restart.

“Not many people are reaching out for new players because the clubs don't know what's going to happen either.

“That is how football is at the moment, but I am calm and happy in Aarhus and just hope that we can finish the season well.

“We’re hoping to qualify for Europe still, and that’s something big to aim for.”

Third-placed AGF are up against Amini’s former club Randers on Friday morning (AEST) as the Superliga resumes.

It’s a behind closed doors clash with a twist, as AGF unveil the world’s first “virtual grandstand”.

Up to 10,000 fans will join the Zoom platform to peer in on the contest, their faces flashing up 200 at a time on a huge screen beaming down on the action in what’s been hailed as the next best thing to bring there in person.