Florin Berenguer surprised by A-League standard after signing for Melbourne City

EXCLUSIVE: The French midfielder has opened up on his bold move to Australia

At 29 and still playing regularly for Ligue 2 side Sochaux, Florin Berenguer surprised even himself when he decided to put pen to paper with Australian club Melbourne City.

"It was not my priority...I had other proposals, but they did not convince me," Berenguer told Goal

"When there was this call from Melbourne, I really started to think about it. I talked more and more about it. I made the point with my wife, and I had only good feedback from Australia

"There, the mentality of people is quite exceptional. 

"On top of that, I really felt something very professional in Melbourne. And I do not regret this choice at all, because I think that the staff who work at the club, and the infrastructures are worth a lot."

Florin Berenguer

Having spent his entire career to date in France, the midfielder is eager to embrace a new style of football in Australia.

Deciding to sign with City and fly Down Under inside a week, Berenguer has been impressed with what he's seen on the pitch to date. 

"Everything is going very well. I just participated in my first week of training," he said. 

"The level is good, I am pleasantly surprised. 

"There is intensity, duels, but from a technical point of view it plays well...there are good players."

Berenguer isn't the first French player to make the move to the A-League and joins countryman Eric Bautheac in the competition.

Eric Bautheac Brisbane Roar

The Brisbane Roar marquee is preparing for his second season in Australia and was a key figure in Berenguer's decision to head Down Under. 

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"I got him on the phone at the time of the first contacts," he said. 

"I was able to ask him how he felt about the city. He is in Brisbane and told me it was a bit more the Cote d'Azur for the weather. 

"We also talked about the (A-League) and he told me right away that it was difficult to compare with France. It's not at all the same approach, it's more like the English championship with box-to-box players, quite physical."