Six weeks ago, Samurai Blue star Keisuke Honda announced that he had participated in his last World Cup and hinted that retirement was on the table.

On Wednesday, he praised Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat for convincing him not to hang up his boots.

"I was thinking of quitting my career after the World Cup, but luckily (Victory made) a great offer that changed my mind," Honda told over 50 media representatives during his unveiling at AAMI Park. "(Muscat) is an ambitious person (and) I am as well, so I'm really inspired by him."