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Aurelien Collin eyes return to Europe

Aurelien Collin hopes his MVP-winning performance in Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup triumph will earn him a return to European football.

• Davis: Three Things - Sporting Kansas City-Real Salt Lake

Collin, 27, struck his side's equaliser before setting the tone for Kansas City's penalty shootout victory over Real Salt Lake by slotting home the 10th spot-kick.

After failing to earn himself recognition in France and having played in the lower reaches of British football with Gretna and Wrexham, the defender now hopes to be given a bigger stage on which to express his talents.

Aurelien Collin joined Sporting Kansas City in 2011.
Aurelien Collin joined Sporting Kansas City in 2011.

"I went over there to come back better. Today, I'm better than I was three years ago. I hope some nice opportunities will present themselves. If I come back, it's for something big. The top level in Europe," Collin, who had a two-year spell in Portugal with Vitoria Setubal before joining Kansas City, told RMC.

"My game is more adapted to England and Germany, I like physical contact. I grew up in the Paris suburbs. I hope it could be PSG one day, but that's a little far away for me for the moment."

A place in Laurent Blanc's squad would appear most unlikely for Collin. However, he will forever be in the pantheon of Kansas City's sporting heroes after bringing the franchise -- and the city -- its first national sporting title since 2000.

"I'm very happy," he said. "We have had the city behind us for the last three years, with a full stadium which makes a lot of noise. It was an extraordinary evening."

 

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