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Weah wants to complete career playing in New York, Major League Soccer.

By Willy Calderon
Special to SoccerTimes

LONDON (Sunday, January 30, 2000) -- Chelsea's George Weah, a star striker from Liberia, wants to end his career in Major League Soccer, he told the local media.

Still one of the most explosive players in the British Premier League, Weah indicated he could join MLS as early as this summer.

He currently is on loan to Chelsea from Italian power A.C. Milan. Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli badly wants to sign the 33-year-old on a permanent basis. But in an interview this weekend, Weah says that is not likely because he wants to come to America.

Weah's wife, Claire, is American and she plans to have their third child -- due to be born in March -- in New York. Weah also has business interests in America.

"I have a great deal of family and friends in America and it's a place I would enjoy living," Weah told a reporter. "I've talked about playing in the Major League there and it is something I would consider. My wife comes from Brooklyn, New York, so she is keen to eventually move there. I also have business interests there, so it would make sense."

One potential stumbling block would be a transfer fee to be paid to A.C. Milan.

Willy Calderon, is an American living in Bristol, England. He can be e-mailed at

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