TORONTO – Sebastian Giovinco made sure to leave Toronto FC on his own terms, turning to social media several hours after selling the Al-Hilal club in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to blame the MLS club for solving his contract stoppage.
The star attacker called his four seasons in Toronto "a wonderful experience for my family and me."
"Without hesitation I can say that I wanted this to end in a different way," he said in a post at Instagram. "As I have always said, I was hoping to renew the contract and finish a career in the city that feels like home."
The 32-year-old Italian is at the top of MLS's payroll last season of $ 7,115 million. TFC has announced that he has offered a new job to keep him in the first six or seven leagues – which would bring him at least $ 5 million by 2018.
Giovinco said that he and his family like to live in Toronto and want to finish their career in the game.
"Unfortunately, this is our desire to change with the direction of the current TFC management," he wrote. "For two years I was trying to extend the contract, but the administration was not willing. Recently, after refusing to use the club option for 2020, I offered the terms I considered unacceptable.
"They can say that I went for a more lucrative job, but that is not the case, their offer and the lack of transparency are a clear message, and it seems that the administration prefers to focus on things that are not pure desire to win. abroad, seems to no longer serve my purpose, I would rather agree to stay in Toronto, so I'm reluctant to announce that my TFC player mandate is over. "
The set was accompanied by a picture of famous Giovinco who celebrates victory in Toronto 2017 with a MLS Cup of Philip F. Anschutz trophy on his head.
Toronto has already rejected a bid for Atomic Ant from the Middle East club. But, faced with controversy in contact talks, he got what he could for Giovinco on Wednesday when the January FIFA move window would close.
Toronto did not specify details of the transfer fee. But Al-Hilal, the 15-year-old Saudi champion, said Giovinco signed a three-year contract in Los Angeles.
"Welcome Giovinco," the club from Riyadh said in social media videos that turned Giovink's red tower into a unique blue color.
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