'I had other offers': Toronto FC star Lorenzo Insigne reflects on MLS move
Toronto FC star Lorenzo Insigne revealed his move to Toronto FC wasn't the only option on the table, but believes he made the right decision regardless of experiencing a lacklustre debut season for the team in Major League Soccer.
"I had other offers in Europe, but I preferred moving to Canada," Insigne told La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italian. "But I don't consider it a drastic choice. I'm still doing the job I love, just as I did when I was a child.
"In MLS, I'm the biggest star player, which fills me with pride. Both the club and the league have very important plans for me. If I think back to where I started from, I feel really satisfied."
Insigne, 31, joined Toronto last summer out of his boyhood club Napoli, and made just 12 appearances, scoring six goals.
The Italian international is no stranger to high-pressure environments – Napoli boast some of the most passionate supporters in world football, after all. As such, life – and soccer – in Toronto have proven to be a well-timed salve.
"Things are going great, better than I expected," Insigne offered, when asked about his time in Toronto so far.
"The football here is different, though. There's not this obsessive need for victory (at any cost). The fans always cheer us on and make us feel appreciated. They're a lot more serene."