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Honda put off retirement to sign A-League deal

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Japan star Keisuke Honda says he planned to retire after this year's World Cup but changed his mind when offered a contract by the Melbourne Victory in Australian football's A-League.

Already retired from international football, 32-year-old Honda said he intended to end his playing career before coach Kevin Muscat lured him to the Victory on a one-year contract worth a reported $2.9 million.

"I was thinking to quit my career after the World Cup but lucky this club made me a great offer that's changed my career," Honda said. "I changed my mind after I spoke to Kevin directly.

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