Quiet Shahril raises eyebrows

Quiet Shahril raises eyebrows
LionsXII captain Shahril Ishak in action during the Malaysia Super League (MSL) match against Negeri Sembilan held at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 30 March 2013. LionsXII won the match 1 - 0.

He barely said a word during the 90 minutes of training on Monday.

LionsXII captain Shahril Ishak hardly flashed a smile at the Jalan Besar Stadium as he went through his paces.

The Malaysian Super League (MSL) champions face a daunting trip to Selangor to take on ATM FA in the second leg of their Malaysia Cup quarter-final on Oct 4 and the demeanour of their top scorer raised some eyebrows.

Midfield hardman Isa Halim, his roommate, has noticed Shahril's mood.

Speaking to The New Paper on Wednesday before training, Isa said: "I spoke to him a few weeks ago and asked him what's wrong.

"Shahril is normally a quiet guy, but I noticed that he wasn't himself, more quiet than usual. He didn't say much, but I sensed the pressure was getting to him. So, I tried to cheer him up."

Quizzed on Wednesday, Shahril assured he was "all good".

"I'm still Shahril Ishak," he said, with a laugh.

Future

Perhaps his future is weighing on his mind. He revealed on Wednesday that he has received two offers from foreign clubs for next season, while the Football Association of Singapore has offered him a two-year deal.

"Everyone's been asking me where I'm headed to next year and some fans have asked me to stay with the LionsXII," he said.

"Of course I've been thinking about my future, but it's not a distraction for me right now. Once the Malaysia Cup is over, I'll think about it full-time."

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