Ben Khalfallah ready to face ex-club Victory: 'I don't have to prove anything'
Fahid Ben Khalfallah insists he has no grudge against Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat as the veteran winger prepares to face his former A-League side for the first time.
Discarded by Muscat at the end of last season, the 35-year-old says he has no point to prove to his former coach, teammates or supporters when he makes his return to Etihad Stadium wearing Brisbane Roar colours on Saturday night.
Ben Khalfallah had a somewhat acrimonious exit from Victory.
The Tunisian was frozen out of first-team action for three weeks earlier this year and was at loggerheads with Muscat as he approached the trigger-point in his contract which would have earned him an automatic one-year extension.
He eventually returned to the fold and played out the rest of the regular season and finals campaign before he was released.
But Ben Khalfallah admits he didn't even check the fixture after signing for Brisbane to see when his first game against Victory would be.
"It's just another game, three points," Ben Khalfallah told AAP.
"I know what I'm capable of and it wasn't Victory, the coach decided that.
"I think the people wanted me to stay but Kevin made a choice and that's it. I understood.
"I have a lot of friends there and people I respect, like the chairman. I still talk to them.
"I might go back [to Melbourne] after my career. But now I'm with a different team and that's it.
"I don't have to prove anything, I just want to play my best football and enjoy it."
Ben Khalfallah missed a large chunk of the preseason due to a calf injury and while he no longer possesses the pace he once had, he has produced flashes of his best form over the first five rounds, and has proved particularly dangerous over the dead ball.
He said he was delighted with life in Brisbane, describing it as a major change of pace compared to Melbourne.
"As long as I'm happy, I think I can be good and I am very happy here," he said.
"John [Aloisi], Ross and the staff, it's all very good. It's exactly what I wanted.
"I can't complain. It's awesome. Every day, to wake up and it's sunny.
"There's no traffic, people are more relaxed, more chilled. I like it. My family's happy and I'm in a good club with good people."
Both Brisbane and Melbourne are still searching for their first win of the season.