TORONTO – Sebastian Giovinco made sure he left Toronto FC on his own terms and within a few hours of his sale to the Saudi Arabia club, Al-Hilal FC turned to the social media to appreciate the MLS club that dealt with the contract.
The Star Invader called his four seasons in Toronto "a wonderful experience for my family and for me."
"It's without hesitation that I can say that I wanted it to end otherwise," Instagram said. "As I always said, I was hoping to renew my contract and finish my career in a city that feels at home."
The 32-year-old Italian player ended up with $ 7,115 million in the MLS last season. TFC claims to have offered him a new deal to keep him in the top six or seventh ranking – which would mean that he could make at least $ 5 million in 2018.
Giovinco said he and his family loved living in Toronto and wanted to finish their career.
"Unfortunately, our desire has come up against a change in direction with the current TFC management," he wrote. "I tried to extend my contract in two years, but the leadership was reluctant. I recently offered the conditions that I found unacceptable when I refused to exercise the club's option for 2020.
"They can say that I have gone to a more lucrative deal, but that's not true, their offer and the lack of transparency is a clear message, management seems to prefer focusing on things other than the pure desire to win. at home and abroad, it seems to me that I no longer serve the purpose. I would have taken less to stay in Toronto and therefore reluctantly announce that my holder as a TFC player has finished. "
The show was accompanied by a photo of the jubilant Giovinco, who celebrates the victory of Toronto in the 2017 MLS Cup with Philip F. Anschutz Trophy on his head.
Toronto has already rejected one offer for Atomic Ant from the Middle East club. But face to face in talks about contacts, he got what he could for Giovinco on Wednesday with the FIFA transfer window on Closing.
Toronto did not provide details of the transfer fee. But Al-Hilal, a 15-year-old Saudi champion, said Giovinco signed a three-year deal in Los Angeles.
"Welcome to Giovinco," said the club in Riyadh when he published a video in the social media that turned Giovino's Toronto red into blue uniform.
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