Ex-Juventini slams Toronto FC management: 'They prefer to focus on things other than the desire to win'
- Sebastian Giovinco, a product of Juventus youth system joins Al-Hilal from Saudi Arabia
- Ex-Juventini spent his last 4 years playing for Toronto
- Al-Hilal have reportedly paid $2-3m for the 32-year-old
- His parting words to Toronto FC management are far from being kind as he slams the functionaries
Toronto FC have officially confirmed selling the product of Juventus youth Academy to Saudi Arabi club, Al-Hilal with the latter paying around $2-3m for the 32-year-old player.
But the ex-Juventini has few words to say to the management, and they are far from being kind:
“From day one, I worked hard to repay the opportunity that Toronto had given me. From that first year, I realized that we could do great things here.
“We wrote a new chapter in the club’s history, together. All for One. This journey has been a wonderful experience for my family and me.
“It’s without hesitation that I can say that I wanted it to end differently. As I have always maintained, I was hoping to renew my contract and finish my playing career in a city that feels like home.
“Unfortunately, this desire of ours has clashed with a change in direction with current TFC management.
“For the 2 years I have been seeking to extend my contract however management was reluctant.
“Recently, after refusing to exercise the club option for 2020, I was offered terms that I deemed unacceptable.
“They may say I left for a more lucrative deal, but this is not the case. Their offer and lack of transparency is a clear message.
“It seems management prefers to focus on things other than the pure desire to win. After having grown the brand and elevating the overall reputation of TFC both at home and abroad, it seems I no longer serve a purpose.
“I would have accepted less to stay in Toronto. Therefore, I reluctantly announce that my tenure as a TFC player has come to an end.
Giovinco joined the Canadian club from Juventus in January 2015 and went on to become Toronto's all-time leading scorer across all competitions with 83 goals in 142 official appearances.