Brisbane Roar manager Mike Mulvey has doused the latest transfer speculation surrounding star striker Besart Berisha following the Albanian’s match-winning performance against Perth Glory on Saturday in Brisbane.
Berisha is still returning to full fitness following injury, but struck the winning goal just prior to the hour mark in the 1-0 win before being substituted with twenty minutes remaining in the contest.
Speculation has been rife that several of Roar’s A-League rivals are in the market for the former Golden Boot winner, who is contracted to Roar until the end of the current campaign.
However, Mulvey was adamant that Berisha was not entertaining thoughts of leaving the Queensland capital any time soon.
“Let me ask you a question, did you see the way he celebrated that goal tonight? Do you think that looks like someone that wants to go somewhere else?” Mulvey asked rhetorically.
“He couldn’t play for anyone else in the A-League. He’s got orange blood,” he added.
Despite the confident tone, Mulvey hinted that suggestions a deal was already agreed between Berisha and Roar were premature.
“I don’t want to talk about hypotheticals – he’s our player, he wants to play for us, he’s at the peak of his career and we’ll do everything to keep him here.”
“He loves scoring goals and he loves scoring goals for Brisbane Roar and we love him.”
Turning to Berisha’s performance in the win, which equalled a club record six straight home victories, Mulvey described his match-winning goal as a “quality.”
“He’s got two great feet, he knows where the space is, he knows how to shift the ball and he knows when to strike.
“We got the ball, we got him facing forward and he did the rest – it was a lovely finish.”
The win extended Roar’s margin at the top of the A-League table to three points over last season’s premiers, Western Sydney Wanderers. However, Mulvey said his side were “not getting carried away”.
“It should be more, we should’ve won in Newcastle,” Mulvey said referring to Roar’s last loss at Hunter Stadium a fortnight ago.
He suggested the real test of the team’s premiership credentials would come in upcoming rounds when Roar face a series of challenging away fixtures.
“We’ve got four of our next five games away from home, as I said before it’s never easy, but we’re confident wherever we go that we can get a result.”
Mulvey said he wasn’t concerned with mixed results on the road this season, “We’ve loss two and won two, I think other teams would be happy if they had done that.”