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 By Ben Gladwell

Juventus confirm early exit of Toronto FC-bound Sebastian Giovinco

Juventus have confirmed that Sebastian Giovinco has left the club five months early, bringing forward his move to Toronto FC.

The Italian had already reached an agreement with Major League Soccer's Canadian club on a contract from the summer, when he was due to become a free agent.

However, he has now agreed on a premature contract termination with the Bianconeri, allowing him to cross the Atlantic earlier than planned to prepare for the MLS season.

Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko said Giovinco worked to obtain his early release from the Italian champions.

"Having Sebastian join us in time for training camp is incredibly important for our team and our plans this year,'' Bezbatchenko said.

"Because he was so driven to join his new team now, Seba and his agent took it upon themselves and went to great lengths to negotiate his release from Juventus. That speaks volumes about his commitment to this team, the leadership he brings, and the fact that he is fully behind our vision for the long term.''

Juventus confirmed Giovinco's departure with a tweet on Monday.

Juve have replaced Giovinco by re-signing Alessandro Matri on loan from AC Milan.

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