By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
33-year-old Ghanaian midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he was on the verge of signing for MLS side Orlando City five years ago, but the move collapsed because of the short time frame he was given to make a decision.
The former AC Milan and Shalke 04 man is currently has been on loan at Turkish Super Lig heavy weights Besiktas since January.
Boateng earned a surprise loan move to Barcelona at the end of the 2018-2019 season from Serie A outfit Sassuolo and featured in four games for the Blaugranas.
The nomadic offensive midfielder has represented 12 clubs in his very unstable career.
He was close to a move to the MLS five years ago, when newly admitted Franchise Orlando City came calling.
“I was close to signing [with Orlando, like five years ago. I was really close,” the former Tottenham midfielder told SiriusXM FC.
“They sent me the offer, whatever, I was good with the coach. But they gave me like 10 hours to decide and I said, ‘Ok, I have to decide as a father, as a husband and as a player.’ Ten hours wasn’t enough so I had to turn down the offer.
“Kaka called me when he played there, he said, ‘Listen, come here. It’s a great city. Great place. The football is getting much better.’ I was really close to coming to the States, to the MLS.”
The Ghanaian has however, not ruled out the possibility of playing someday in the US top flight.
“I love MLS and who knows, I would love to play there because even to say I played in the MLS as well because it’s getting bigger. I watch a lot of games. It’s getting more intense, it’s getting bigger. The people are going more to the stadium. It’s very, very interesting.
The native of West Berlin represented Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and has won league titles in Italy and Spain with AC Milan FC and Barcelona respectively. He also won the German Cup with Eintracht Frankfurt and the English Football League Cup with Tottenham Hotspurs.
Though he often comes with a bit of controversy, his experience will be a valuable asset for any MLS club.
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