Albert Rusnak #11 of Real Salt Lake tries a penalty during a game against the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Is Back Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 12, 2020 in Reunion, Florida. Real Salt Lake won 2-0. (Photo by Emily Chen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Emily Chen/Getty Images)
Salt Lake City Real Salt Lake captain Albert Rusnak has attracted the interest of a number of Premier League clubs, according to a report recently published by the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail reports that Southampton and Newcastle are the two clubs interested in the Real Salt Lake captain.
Rusnak, 27, his current contract with Real Salt Lake expires on December 31.
Rusnák’s career in England began when he was a member of the Manchester City Academy. He spent five years from 2010 to 2015 but was unable to join the first team.
The Daily Mail reports that Rusnák is welcome back to England, although Rusnák recently stated publicly that he would like to return to Real Salt Lake.
In 2018, before Rusnák signed his latest deal with Real Salt Lake that paid him nearly $2 million annually, interest from Europe was prevalent. Furthermore, current Crystal Palace president and former New York City manager Patrick Vieira was quoted in 2018 before a match in New York City and Real Salt Lake “When he was at City we saw that talent. He was ready to play ‘men’s football’ when he was 17 years old. And 18. (He’s one of) the top scores in the league.”
Immediately after losing to Portland in the conference final, Rusnak told KSL Sports that he was eager to return to the club. However, with no ownership, he admitted the club must act sooner rather than later if they want him back.
This season, Rusnák broke a club record by appearing in 3,045 minutes across the regular season, missing just 15 minutes of playing time across his 34-game roster.