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European Football Still Interests Piette ...

Home favourite not looking away, but won’t discount a move back to Europe.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Montreal Impact
Still young in soccer terms, Samuel Piette (right) may one day be attracted by a return to Europe.
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Samuel Piette, Quebec’s most recognizable soccer player, refuses to rule out a return to Europe to develop and further his career.

And at only 24, he’s still certainly young enough to make the move.

“For sure [Europe is an interest]. But I’m not telling myself I really want to go back to Europe and that it’s my main objective. I mean we’ll see how it goes, but I’m not closing any doors.

“Like I said, now it’s time to regenerate the batteries a little bit, and then we’ll see how it plays out with the club here [in Montreal],” said the midfielder in the wake of the Impact’s 3-0 success over New York Red Bulls earlier this evening.

Piette, due to leave on international duty tomorrow (Monday), seems clear his preference is to remain with his home town club, but with a further year’s option on his contract yet to be triggered by Montreal Impact, the situation remains in limbo, similar to that of team-mate, Ignacio Piatti.

With a new Sports Director recently appointed at Stade Saputo, Impact fans can expect to hear of developments and progress on each of these fronts imminently.

Piette of course has previous experience on the European continent, having served lower league clubs in Spain and Germany while learning his trade, before coming back to play for the Impact. But after his 2.5 years in Montreal, and as he nears a half-century of international caps, it’s clear with his experience, he would attract higher-level European interest this time around.