More importantly, will he be at Dundalk next season?
Michael Duffy hoping viral wonder goal impressed on-looking Martin O'Neill
The Dundalk winger scored a stunner to help floor Levadia Tallinn in the Europa League
Michael Duffy's wonder goal has gone viral and he hopes it helps curry favour with Martin O’Neill too.
The Dundalk winger scored a stunner to help floor Levadia Tallinn in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Lilywhites boss Stephen Kenny said the execution took his breath away - and he likened it to Marco van Basten’s famous goal in the Euro 88 final.
Duffy is the League of Ireland’s standout player this season and the former Derry City and Celtic man is on O’Neill’s radar.
The Ireland boss name-checked him unprompted after the Boys in Green drew with Celtic in Glasgow in May.
Duffy played underage football with the Republic and then U21s with Northern Ireland, playing in one qualifier.
He was also called into Michael O’Neill’s senior squad in 2016 but has never won a cap for the North and recently expressed an interest in playing for the Republic.
Duffy had no idea O’Neill was at Oriel Park on Thursday but insists he has heard nothing about cracking the senior squad any time soon.
“It’s good that he was here and scoring in front of him is a good thing - but I haven’t heard anything on international things for me,” he said.
“No one has approached me so I don’t know what way it would work. I’d love to play under Martin O’Neill. It’s a huge thing to play for your country.
“Whatever comes, I’d be happy with. My main thought is on (AEK Larnaca) next week so I’m not really thinking about that.”
Duffy scored his sensational goal with his weaker left foot but revealed he works on it all the time in training.
He read Jamie McGrath’s gorgeous, hanging cross superbly and rifled home on the volley from the tightest of angles.
“I was probably going to shoot - there was no other option,” he said. “It’s probably one of the best goals I’ve scored. I practice stuff like that in training.”
Mirror Sport revealed last month that Shamrock Rovers want to make Duffy the highest paid player in the league next season.
They have already dangled a tempting offer in front of him which Dundalk will have to match or better if they want to retain their most in-form player right now.
But Dundalk boss Kenny is relaxed about the situation as the Lilywhites appear to be back on track after finishing second best last season.
Kenny said: “Michael is very happy here. I don’t think players want to leave this team - that’s the impression I get.
“Michael has come a long way in such a short space of time.
“When he came in for the first few months of last season, people were of the opinion he wasn’t good enough for us!
“So he’s come a long way, he’s having a rich vein of form and long may he continue.”
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