Malaysian striker Safee Sali will return to Malaysia today, following a two-week training stint at Cardiff City, under the watchful eyes of manager Malky Mackay.
The 27-year-old football hotshot hopes to return to the Welsh club as a player and said the tempo of the game here was “much more intense” than where he plays in Malaysia, and for his current Indonesian club, Pelita Jaya.
His arrival was highly publicised in local newspaper reports and Safee was even seen signing a few autographs for fans while watching Sunday’s match between Cardiff City and Leicester City.
“After playing with the reserves and even the first team in training, I have found the game here to be very much quicker.
“You do not get so much time with the ball. It is a whole new and different level,” said Safee when met at the Cardiff City Stadium.
“The training has gone well and all my team-mates gave me a really warm welcome. Although it has been just two weeks, I have learned much since I have been here. God willing, I may return to play here in the near future,” he added.
On Mackay, Safee described the manager, as “a very honest, kind and nice person” and that he had a pleasant experience working with him, as well as everyone else in the squad.
Safee, who has been previously described by Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock as ‘the David Beckham of Malaysia’ will return to Malaysia today to prepare for an international match against Australia next month.
Australia will face Malaysia for the first time in almost 20 years in a friendly in Sydney on Oct 7.