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English lessons, silverware on Contreras' to-do list

The newest talent to arrive in Australia has detailed his objectives for the season ahead in navy blue and white, with his ambition matching that of coach Ange Postecoglou

Melbourne Victory's new marquee Pablo Contreras says improving his English and winning the A-League are top of the agenda for the 2013-14 season.

The veteran Chilean was introduced to the media at AAMI Park on Tuesday, after joining Victory from Greek club Olympiacos.

The humble 35-year-old thanked the club and the people behind his transfer for the chance to ply his trade in an new environment, and also set his sights on adding to his Chilean, French and Greek league titles.

"I can say, I'm very happy to come here, for this great opportunity," he said.

"I hope to help the team, and [at the end of] the season, I hope [to] speak better and win the championship."

Heralded as a current international player by Victory upon joining the club, Contreras clarified his situation on Tuesday - the centre-back retired from national team duty in 2012 after earning 67 caps.  

"I finished with the national team one year ago," he said.

"[In] 12 years I play many, many games. Copa America, World Cup. I'm very happy with the situation for my [international] career."

Contreras was also asked about his participation at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a tournament in which he collected a bronze medal for Chile's third-place finish.

"The best memory [was] here, staying one month in Melbourne, one week in Sydney. It's [positive] history for my country, good memories," he said.

Victory coach Ange Postecoglou heralded the capture of Contreras as an indication of the club's standing, not just in Australia, but on the world stage.

"I wouldn't be embarrassed to bring any footballer through our football club," he said.

"I'm quite proud that the people at our football club can show Pablo around here and this'll be the equivalent of any European club they go into. I can say with a matter of pride he's going to play in front of 50,000 people in his first game.

"Maybe we don't, across the board, pay the wages they pay overseas, but in terms of where we see ourselves as a football club - we see ourselves as a serious entity and we see the competition as growing into a serious entity. We want to make sure that all decisions reflect that. We're not going to sell ourselves short or our competition short."

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