Wanderers skipper keen on new contract

Dimas Delgado of the Wanderers (right) is happy at the club and wants to stay.
Dimas Delgado of the Wanderers (right) is happy at the club and wants to stay. DAN HIMBRECHTS

FOOTBALL: As disappointed as he is by some of the results this season, Wanderers captain Dimas Delgado is hopeful he will remain at the club beyond this campaign.

The Spanish midfielder, who joined the club last season, is only contracted at Western Sydney until the end of this campaign, but wants to open contract negotiations soon.

"I'm very happy here," he said.

"They like me and I like this club and my team. Hopefully we can start to speak soon about my contract.

"I want to be here, I'm happy, so hopefully we can talk again soon."

It hasn't been an easy season for the Wanderers, who are in a fight to finish in the top six.

They've missed their old fortress in Parramatta and coach Tony Popovic has come in for criticism, particularly from fans.

Dimas insists they've played good football, but haven't been rewarded with the points.

"We've enjoyed it, but that's not enough," he said.

"For us it's been a good season, but the results don't reflect how well we've been playing. We're a bit disappointed in some of the results."

Dimas and the Wanderers are in Korea for Wednesday night's crucial Asian Champions League match against FC Seoul.

After a busy schedule, the players enjoyed a few days off and had over a week to prepare for the game.

They suffered heavy defeats in their first two ACL games, but Dimas says the players still believe they can bounce back in Korea against an FC Seoul outfit that has also struggled in the competition.

What they can't compete with, Dimas says, are the quality of foreign players in Asia signed to cashed up clubs operating without salary caps.

"The big difference is the foreigners," he said.

"They sign whoever they want and it's difficult to compete against these teams because we have a salary cap - the clubs in the A-League have a limit. We can't compete.

"As a team we can compete and I think the important thing is we need to make sure we take control of these top few players.

"If we can face everything like a team, we have an opportunity.

"The week was good - we trained properly every day.

"We need to beat them and I think everything is clear, our minds are clear, and I think we are prepared to face this challenge.

"For us it's important to be in the ACL, so now we need to enjoy the competition and I know we can compete against everyone. We need to stay calm and believe in our football."

Topics:  a-league asian champions league western sydney wanderers

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