TORONTO – Sebastian Giovinco took care of leaving Toronto on his own terms, turning to social networks for a few hours after selling it to Al Hilal club in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to scold the MLS club for its contract deadlock.
The star striker called his four seasons in Toronto "a wonderful experience for my family and me."
“Without hesitation, I can say that I wanted it to end differently,” he said in a post on Instagram. "As I have always argued, I was hoping to renew my contract and end my gaming career in a city like a house."
The 32-year-old Italian last season exceeded the payroll of the MLS player at the level of 7.115 million US dollars. TFC claims to offer him a new deal that would allow him to remain in the six or seven best in the league, which would be at least $ 5 million by 2018.
Giovinco said that he and his family liked to live in Toronto, and he wanted to end his playing career there.
“Unfortunately, this desire of ours was confronted with a change in direction in the current TFC leadership,” he wrote. “For two years I tried to extend my contract, but the management was reluctant. Recently, after refusing to use the club version for 2020, I was offered conditions that I found unacceptable.
“They may say that I left for a better deal, but this is not the case. Their proposal and lack of transparency is a clear message. It seems that management prefers to focus on things other than pure desire to win. the brand and the rise of TFC’s overall reputation both at home and abroad seems to be no longer my goal. I would accept less to stay in Toronto. Therefore, I reluctantly declare that my stay as a TFC player has come to an end. "
The message was accompanied by a photo of jubilant Giovinco celebrating Toronto's victory in the 2017 MLS Cup with Philip F. Anshutz's Trophy on his head.
Toronto has already rejected one application for Atomic Ant from a Middle Eastern club. But, faced with a deadlock in the contact negotiations, he received everything possible for Giovinco on Wednesday, when the FIFA’s transfer window in January was to close.
Toronto did not provide transfer fee details. But Al-Hilal, the 15-time Saudi champion, said that Giovinco had signed a three-year deal in Los Angeles.
"Welcome, Giovinco," said the club in Riyadh, which published a video on a social network, thanks to which the red color of Giovinco in Toronto turned blue.
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