Michael Bradley nears deal with Toronto FC: Roma coach
Italian club reportedly accepts $9.5M US offer for midfielder
AS Roma coach Rudi Garcia has confirmed United States midfielder Michael Bradley is on the verge of joining Toronto FC.
After an Italian Cup win over Sampdoria on Thursday in Rome, Garcia says, "Bradley wanted to go, we couldn't keep the player. He did very well with me in these months but I understand he wants to play more."
Italian media reports Roma has accepted an offer of 7 million euros ($9.5 million US) for Bradley from the Major League Soccer club.
Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko danced around the issue.
"Right now he plays for Roma," he said Thursday in Toronto. "Someone like him — he's the heart and soul of the U.S. national team — if we could have him back in the league [MLS] generally, it would be great."
The 26-year-old Bradley is in his second season with Roma after joining from Chievo Verona in 2012, but he has started just five of 19 league matches this season.
Bradley started his career with MetroStars before moving to Europe, where he also had spells with Heerenveen, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Aston Villa.
With former MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario back on board and England striker Jermain Defoe set to be unveiled on Monday, Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko calls it a revolution.
The 35-year-old De Rosario played for Toronto from 2009 to 2011 before leaving in a contract dispute.
The attacking midfielder says he is happy to be back and has unfinished business to take care off with his hometown club.
With files from The Canadian Press