Sebastian Giovinco très amer de son départ de Toronto

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Le Toronto FC a annoncé mercredi le départ de Sebastian Giovinco. L’attaquant italien a été transféré au club saoudien AL-Hilal FC. Le contrat de Giovinco venait à échéance à la fin de la saison 2019.

Débarqué à Toronto en 2015, l’Italien a disputé un total de 114 matchs dans la MLS. Il a récolté 68 buts et 52 passes en 4 saisons.


Giovinco se vide le coeur

Quelques heures après l’annonce de son transfert, Sebastian Giovinco a écrit un long message sur son compte Instagram. L’athlète de 32 ans a d’abord salué la ville de Toronto, qui a été sa maison pendant près de 5 ans. Sa fille y est née et son fils y a disputé a effectué ses premiers pas sur un terrain de soccer.

Giovinco est heureux du travail que ses coéquipiers et lui ont accompli au fil des années. Ils ont fait du Toronto FC l’une des bonnes formations de la MLS.

Le joueur italien ajoute toutefois qu’il aurait aimé que la fin de son parcours en MLS se termine autrement. Sebastian Giovinco aurait voulu renouveler son contrat. Toutefois, il affirme que le Toronto FC lui a fait une proposition inacceptable. Pourtant, l’attaquant assure qu’il aurait accepté une diminution de salaire pour rester à Toronto.

Sauf qu’il a senti que la direction de l’équipe avait perdu son désir de gagner. Devant une offre déraisonnable et le manque de transparence de l’organisation, Giovinco a compris qu’il ne faisait plus partie des plans de la formation torontoise.

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Toronto has been home to me and my family for almost 5 years. I arrived here from Italy in January 2015 and immediately felt something special. 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. Through hard work, passion and determination my teammates and I transformed TFC and made it one of the best clubs in MLS and in North America. We didn’t do this alone. Without our great fans this would not have been possible. I can confidently say that I significantly contributed in making unprecedented history at TFC. 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. It is here where my daughter was born and where my son took his first steps on a football pitch. A place my family loves to live and wanted to call home for good. 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. I will now focus my attention and efforts towards another challenge. With me I bring beautiful memories. Toronto – the 6ix – you are and will always remain in my heart. Thank you for everything you have taught me about myself and about life. I love you Toronto! Seba

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