Socceroo and Bayer Leverkusen forward Robbie Kruse says it’s too early to return to the A-League after plans to leave the BayArena in January.
Kruse missed out on the opportunity to leave Leverkusen at the end of August and believes he can still have an impact in Germany.
The injury prone winger wanted to find a new club before joining the national team in their current camp.
Kruse came on in the second half of Australia’s 2-0 win against Iraq in Perth last Thursday and the Socceroos now continue the final phase of World Cup qualification in Abu Dhabi against UAE on Wednesday morning (1.30am AEST).
Kruse said he wanted to make the Socceroos opportunities count and admitted he did not want to come home just yet.
“I’m 27, I’ve missed a lot of time with my last injuries, so I’m sure I can still have a positive impact in Europe,” Kruse told FourFourTwo.
“I have a pretty good name now in Germany, so the Bundesliga appeals to me, in saying that it’s difficult to move around as well.
“I wanted to leave, but things didn’t eventuate for me. It’s tough and the timing was difficult coming all the way to Australia with three days to go in the transfer window, that made it very difficult.
“A lot of things have to come into place, it didn’t for me this time, maybe the timing wasn’t right. I’ll keep working hard and keep myself ready for the national team games and hopefully we’ll sort something out in January.”
Kruse placed emphasis of finding a fresh club in January in order to preserve his place in Ange Postecoglou’s squad.
The 27-year-old was keen to put the horror of his past foot and knee injury concerns behind him after missing out on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Kruse made nine appearances for Leverkusen last season and came off the bench three times for Stuttgart in a loan deal which was cut short in February.
And with the clear intention of leaving Leverkusen, he hopes they will give him sufficient game time before his departure.
“I’ll look to do whatever is best for my chances to maximise my potential to go to the Confederations Cup and the next World Cup because I missed out on the last World Cup and it was quite disappointing," he said.
“I really want to get back to playing every week and putting some good performances in those competitions.
“I’m at Leverkusen now at least until the winter, so I’m in my last year of my contract and if I can get into the team and play same some games. If not hopefully I’ll play for Australia and in January I’ll see what can happen.”