March 18, 2015 13:38:16 UK
Mickael Tavares has had a positive impact on Sydney FC, but insists he hasn’t found his best form yet.
The Senegal international midfielder has played six games since arriving at the club in January as an injury replacement player for Ali Abbas.
The Sky Blues have won five of those games, and the 32-year-old’s form has raised the prospect of him being kept on for next season.
Tavares says a combination of God and Sydney coach Graham Arnold will decide whether he stays beyond the end of his current contract in May.
For the rest of the season, though, he hopes he can improve his game and play to his full potential for the title-chasing Sky Blues who are 4.33 to win the Grand Final.
“I think now I am close to 100-per-cent – but I haven’t shown my best yet,” he said. “Maybe that will come in a few games because I am getting close now and will get stronger.”
Ahead of Sydney’s home clash with Melbourne City on Friday the club are in the best position they have been all season, sitting second in the table behind leaders Wellington Phoenix.
Sydney FC are 1.95 to beat City, who are 3.60 with the draw 3.60.
Tavares said: “When I came to the club there was more a feeling of making sure we finished as high in the top six as possible; there was a ten-point gap to the top but now that’s down to one point. So our objectives have changed and now are determined to win the title and go on to the Grand Final.”
Tavares says he has attracted interest from two A-League clubs as well as teams in Europe, but would be happy to stay at Sydney FC where his cousin Jacques Faty is also in the squad.
“God will decide if I have to stay or not … it’s also up to Sydney FC what they want to do,” he added. “It’s early to talk about the future too much. I am happy at Sydney.”
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