Toronto ace Bradley coy on Serie A return

The former Giallorossi star admitted he was comfortable staying at Toronto, but would assess any opportunities that come up to return to European football in January

Oct 29, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley (4) reacts after the defeat against the Montreal Impact in a knockout round match of the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs at Stade Saputo. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley has left the door open to a return to Italy for a short-term loan spell when the transfer window reopens in January.

The 28-year-old United States international captain joined the Canadian-based Major League Soccer franchise in January 2014 from Roma, and also plied his trade for Chievo prior to that.

Toronto’s campaign ended in late October after being knocked out of the playoffs by Montreal Impact, and the new season doesn’t start until next March.

Michael Bradley Roma

Many elite MLS players in the past have moved to Europe for a loan spell to keep up their match fitness, and Bradley is not ruling out the possibility of that happening.

“I would return for a couple of months if there was the [right] opportunity,” he stated. “But I’m fine as well in Toronto. I don’t need to leave, but life is a journey in stages. When I left Rome in 2014, six months before the World Cup, I needed to play and [Rudi] Garcia thought better of the other midfielders.

“Toronto showed me their project and asked me to be their team leader. In these two years, I have grown as a player and as a man.

“I never made decisions related to money. I love football and my family follows me everywhere I go. What made me choose Toronto was their consideration for me, not the money.”

Michael Bradley Roma

Bradley also revealed that teammate and former Juventus man Sebastian Giovinco is also very happy in Canada, having been named MLS Newcomer of the Year, and had no intention of returning to the peninsula in the near future.

“I often speak Italian with Giovinco,” he said. “I miss Italy more than him, he has no desire to return. He is a protagonist and an idol for us.

“MLS is growing. The infrastructure is fantastic and modern. The number of spectators are always increasing and soon [football] will become the number one sport [in America].

“The ideal mix would be the theatre and entertainment of MLS, mixed with the tension and preparation of European football.”

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