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Del Piero puts focus on season finish after Sydney's struggles

The former Italy forward admits he is enjoying life with the A-League side, but wants to concentrate on helping Sydney FC off the bottom of the table before opening talks to extend his stay with the club.

Alessandro Del Piero in action for Sydney FC.
Alessandro Del Piero in action for Sydney FC.

Alessandro Del Piero insists he is focusing on salvaging Sydney FC's season before worrying about negotiations to extend his contract with the Australian A-League side.

Del Piero's stay in the harbour city beyond this term is still unclear, with Sydney yet to decide whether they will take up the option of a second year for the 38-year-old striker.

The club and Del Piero's management team, including brother Stefano, are believed to be negotiating terms to extend his stay after his performances proved to be a shining light in a poor campaign for the two-time champions, who are currently bottom of the table with just three wins from 12 games.

Del Piero says he is loving life in Sydney, but wants to put contract talks aside to focus on hauling the team up the league.

"I have spent a really good time here," the 2006 World Cup winner said.

"We have time to discuss that but at the moment the best thing for me, the club, the players and everyone is to concentrate on the games.

"We have to worry about this next period because it's very difficult for us and we have to put all our energy, mental and physical, into it.

"I'm not worried about other things. I'm really enjoying it ... but now have to win a couple more games for more enjoyment."

Asked when he hoped to have his future resolved, Del Piero said: "Everything is clear for me and the club.

"We can do it earlier than what we think, but the contract is not a stress for me.

"I'm really happy to be here. I want to put all my knowledge and heart into this at the moment and not to talk about (a new deal)."


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