James Troisi of the Melbourne Victory.
James Troisi of the Melbourne Victory. TRACEY NEARMY

Socceroos star set to leave the A-League

JAMES Troisi has confirmed that talks with the Melbourne Victory have broken down, as he appears headed for a return to Europe.

The Socceroos attacker looks set to join English Premier League newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion, with negotiations intensifying this week.

The Victory and Troisi's representatives were in talks over a marquee contract and while figures were discussed verbally, the player said no formal offer was made.

Troisi, who played 90 minutes in the Socceroos' 4-0 loss to Brazil on Tuesday, said regular games were the main prerequisite when deciding his new home.

"Not yet, a few bits and pieces (are) happening. I'll focus on the Confeds and sign after that," he said.

"There is no talk with Victory at the moment. They have never made an offer so I'm not sure what the situation is there, I don't think they're speaking to my agent at all any more.

"There's other things happening as well, I can't sit there and wait and hope for something to happen.

"I enjoyed playing at Victory, I'm in good form there. I'm happy, it's a good club, good fans, but there has to be an offer on the table for me to stay.

"I've done what I had to do this season. I'm happy with the season I had, it's a bonus playing with the national team.

"I just need to go where I can play, that's why I came back here and it's another important year because we've got the World Cup this time next year. Middle East, China - ideally that wouldn't be my first preference."

Former Melbourne City fullback Aziz Behich started his first Socceroos game since the 2-1 win away to Kyrgyzstan two years ago and said the side's confidence wasn't dented.

The Turkey-based player had another energetic display after making a good impact after replacing Brad Smith in the win over Saudi Arabia last Thursday.

"We can take a lot of positives leading into Russia, we'll go back to training and keep working hard on what we believe is right," Behich said.

"We have changed the system but we all believe in what we're doing, we work on it every day. We've got a long month together, so we'll improve.

"The last two games we can take a lot of positives out of it. We always go out to win, we're all competitors, we won't get too caught up in the result."