Jozy Altidore hopeful for new Toronto deal, but 'no problem' if not
Jozy Altidore said he is committed to staying at Toronto FC, but said he would be prepared to move on from the Canadian club.
"For me and my family, Toronto is home, Toronto is everything," the U.S. international told the Toronto Sun. "And we stressed that to [team chairman Larry] Tanenbaum and to everybody at Toronto FC. But if the direction is something else, it's no problem. Like I said, it would be, 'Thank you very much for the time' and in the summertime I'll have to look for a new team."
Altidore, 29, is entering the final year of his Designtated Player deal and said his agent and the club are still discussing an extension. He was a cornerstone of the squad that won a domestic Treble in 2017, but he did suffer through an injury-hit campaign in 2018 that saw him make just 13 appearances. He had ankle surgery in October and has been limited during Toronto's preseason camp in Newport Beach, Calif.
"I think I've given my body to Toronto in every way," Altidore said. "I tried to score all the big goals I could and I just love the city. It's given me so much. I don't know how many ways I can say that this is where I want to be. But I get that there is a business side and I've cooperated on that end as well. But I can't do anymore than say I want to be here and try to do all the right things. But I hope in the end that I'm a Toronto player for the rest of my career."
The uncertainity of Altidore's future comes after Toronto lost two key cogs this offseason -- 2015 league MVP Sebastian Giovinco to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal and striker Victor Vasquez to Qatar's Al-Arabi. Toronto has subsequently signed another U.S. international, Terrence Boyd, from German side Darmstadt.
Altidore has 85 goals for Toronto since joining from English club Sunderland in 2015. He has over 110 appearances and 41 goals for the United States, and was part of the 2010 and 2014 World Cup squads.