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Bradley Wright Phillips rejects talk of return to England - happy in MLS

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Bradley Wright-Phillips is in the form of his life with New York Red Bulls at present, helping himself to 18 goals in just 21 MLS games this season.

English interest

And as is often the case when a player finds a strong vein of form, the former Manchester City, Southampton and Charlton Athletic striker has been linked with a move away from his current employer.

With impressive performances in a number of exhibition games in recent weeks, scoring in recent outings against English Premier League contenders Arsenal and reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, there has been much talk about whether the 29-year-old would consider a return to England.

Red Bulls' Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh even admitted he had fielded international interest in the player's signature.

Wright-Phillips was fairly emphatic in quelling such rumors however:

"No, because I think this league is good enough," the English striker told BigAppleSoccer.com.

"It's very good. I'm happy here, I like it. The weather is good, the training. New Jersey, New York City. I'm not thinking about leaving at all.

"I like playing here. I enjoy it. A lot," explained the New York Red Bulls' in-form man.

Living the American Dream

Bradley Wright-Phillips is certainly making the most of his opportunity in MLS. Playing alongside established stars such as Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, the Manchester City graduate has outshone both players this season, racing to the top of the US league's goalscoring charts.

The son of former Arsenal striking legend Ian Wright, Bradley moved to the Red Bulls in July 2013 after several years struggling to find a permanent home in the English game.

Despite a fairly impressive goals-to-game ratio during spells at Plymouth Argyle (17 goals in 32 games), Charlton Athletic (31 in 82) and Brentford (5 in 15) Bradley Wright-Phillips' career never seem to ignite as many had hoped when he first burst onto the scene in 2004.

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Since arriving in New York however he has found success on the pitch and is clearly enjoying the lifestyle off it. Playing in front of large crowds at the Red Bull Arena Wright-Phillips helped the franchise to the MLS Supporters Shield in his first season and has kicked on in 2014.

No coming back

Despite the growing interest in the player as seasons begin in earnest all across Europe it seems Bradley Wright-Phillips is content in Major League Soccer.

And with the league continuing to go from strength to strength with the likes of David Villa, Frank Lampard and Kaka set to join in 2015 there is an exictement around the entire competition at present.

As one of the leading lights in such an exciting period for MLS it looks like it would take a very attractive offer to tear him away from the USA.

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