Hearts and Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan admits before moving to Hearts to increase his chances of playing Euro 2020 he had offers from clubs overseas.
Whelan premiered by Aston Villa following their promotion to the Premier League in the summer, before then joining Hearts on a one-year-contract in August after deliberating on a movement overseas.
The 35-year-old confessed that he consulted with before deciding which group to join in an effort Ireland manager Mick McCarthy to prolong his career.
Whelan said:I spoke to the supervisor. I had one or two options abroad that were really interesting.
The manager wasnt overly excited to be truthful because the league was not likely as strong as where Im playing now or where I had been in. He wants me attempting to perform large and competitively as far as I can.
If it was down to money I would be gone in the sun somewhere in the moment. However, for me it has never been about cash or making a wage.
Im happy playing soccer and thats all that I want to do, so for me it was all about getting the club for your family and to have an opportunity playing for Ireland.
If Ireland qualify for the European Championships next summer, their group fixtures will probably be staged from the Aviva Stadium of Dublin and also Whelan insists when choosing Hearts this was a big factor for him.
He said:I need to play Ireland at the Euros, so that I talked to a few people and I believe ultimately, Hearts was the ideal choice for me.
Even when I spoke to the Hearts boss , I told him basically I want to play so long as I am and as large as I can because Id like to get a excellent likelihood of qualifying and I would really like to be around and be a part of it.
I think that itll suit me. The manager at Hearts has been really good for me personally, he has given me time off to go and see the family and go and spend hours down there so it has been OK.
High in Group D now sit however, they face competition for the two automatic Euro 2020 qualification places from Switzerland and Denmark.
Whelan added:Were still miles off [qualifying]. Weve got three games that were enormous. Clearly the place that were in is a place that is great but we understand that may be removed from us.
Its an important match away to Georgia. Get the ideal outcome there and that is going to give us confidence going in the other two, but youve got to just take each match as it comes.
Three times later, ireland will journey to perform with Georgia on Saturday prior to a fixture, the two games live on Sky Sports.
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