Grafite open to MLS move

The Brazil international believes he would be able to help the growth of football in the USA as his contract at Al-Ahli nears its expiration
by Danielly Friedrich

Former Wolfsburg striker Grafite has revealed that he would be open to a move to MLS from Al-Ahli in the summer.

The Brazil international left the Bundesliga for the Middle East in 2011, but with his contract expiring in June, is pondering a move to North America.

"It would be nice to play the championship in the USA. The league is growing and I think I could help in this growth," he told

"My agent is responsible for taking care of my future and my contract with Al-Ahli ends in June."

Despite his fantastic club form, the 33-year-old does not believe that a recall to the international team is on the cards, and believes his veteran status means he won't add to his four caps.

"My story in the Brazilian team was short. With my age is hard to be called-up now. But in 55 matches, I have scored 53 times and I'm doing well here."

Grafite is remembered by most for his goalscoring exploits in Wolfsburg's shock Bundesliga win in 2009, and he looks back fondly on the campaign in which he scored 28 goals.

"Wolfsburg had a great team. Felix Magath got the best of us and with [Zvjezdan] Misimovic, [Edin] Dzeko and me up front, we hit the goals record and won the Bundesliga in 2009.

"At the start of the second half of the season, we were in the middle of the table. But we got a lot of great wins and we started to believe we could win the title. And we were right."

The frontman also gave his opinion on the issue of racism within football, and expressed his amazement that there are still instances of abuse around the world.

He added: "It's unbelievable that racism hasn't been eradicated from football. There are always cases and I hope that the authorities continue working to eliminate this disease of football."