Bayern Munich's Martinez linked with A-League


Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez has been linked with a move to Australia as his contract in Bavaria winds down.

Martinez, 31, has one year left on his contract with the Bundesliga champions but prominent Spanish news outlet Marca have claimed he will leave this off-season with Australia a potential next destination.

"Martínez will leave Bayern this summer," Marca report. "Player and club have decided to end a journey that began in the summer of 2012 and that has led him to win all possible titles with the Bavarian team shirt.

"He will turn 32 next September and has time to extend his career for three or four seasons and has the possibility of moving to the United States MLS or to Australia."

The Spaniard himself expressed interest in coming to Australia two years ago, albeit in a travel context, calling it his "dream".

"I love traveling around the world and taking pictures," Martinez told DW. "I would love to go to Australia and travel with a backpack for three months.

"I have heard it can sometimes be dangerous, but I don't think so. That is my dream."

Bayern broke their transfer record to sign Martinez for €40 million (A$65m) in 2012 from Athletic Bilbao, the Spanish club he is also being linked with a return to.

The defensive midfielder, who can also play centre-back, was a favourite of coach Jupp Heynckes. The tactician partnered him with Bastian Schweinsteiger in a deep-lying midfield role as Bayern won the UEFA Champions League-Bundesliga-DFB-Pokal treble in 2013.

Martinez has 18 caps for Spain and was part of the winning squads for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2012.