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Arnold urges caution over Degenek transfer

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold won't tell Milos Degenek what to do but it's clear he wants the defender not to rush into a proposed move to Saudi Arabia.

Arnold urges caution over Degenek transfer

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold won't tell Milos Degenek what to do but it's clear he wants the defender not to rush into a proposed move to Saudi Arabia.

He won't tell Milos Degenek what to do but it's clear Socceroos coach Graham Arnold wants the defender to consider his options carefully amid reports of a big money move to Saudi Arabia.

Degenek has impressed for Red Star Belgrade after signing for the Serbian side earlier this year, featuring for them in the Champions League against Liverpool, Napoli and Paris St Germain.


The 24-year-old has been linked to Saudi club Al Hilal, with Serbian news outlets claiming they're prepared to activate a three million euro ($A4.9m) release clause.

The move would deliver a huge payday for Degenek but Arnold said the defender should be wary of moving away from Europe.

"There's more reasons for certain people to take different options," Arnold said.

"It's their life but at the same time he's had a great six months at Red Star."

Former Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglu was never a huge fan of players moving to smaller or less competitive leagues for financial reasons.

Arnold's selection of Saudi-based Matthew Jurman in his Asian Cup squad indicates he doesn't have the same reservations.

But when the news first emerged about Degenek's potential transfer, he and assistant coach Rene Meulensteen did speak to him on the matter.

Arnold won't comment specifically on what he wants Degenek to do, but is confident the defender won't let the speculation distract his focus on the Socceroos' campaign in the UAE.

"I'm here to talk to him about it when he's ready," Arnold said.

"All I know is he's completely focused on this tournament. He doesn't really want to make any decisions until this tournament is over.

"It's a great stage for him ... great stage for a lot of the boys."

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