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Sebastian Giovinco reveals why he turned down Barcelona

The Italian commented on the Spanish giants’ offer for him last year as well as interest from China.

MLS: Toronto FC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not going to dwell on this too long because Sebastian Giovinco and his agent are just repeatedly saying exactly the same thing, but the Atomic Ant himself has now commented on the offer(s) he has apparently received from the Chinese Super League.

Here’s what Giovinco said to Sky Sport Italia, via the Football Italia website:

“The market is really hotting up over there [in China]. They told me there is interest, so we’ll talk it over with Toronto and see. I am happy here, but we’ll see what the club wants to do.

“My agent told me there is an offer, but did not tell me which club. I certainly don’t miss Italy, as I am happy in Canada and have no intention of returning.

“Since I left Juventus, which remains the strongest team in Italy, I never thought about playing for another Italian club. I’m just not thinking about it.

“What still stings is losing the MLS Final last season.”

The positives for TFC fans there are that (a) Giovinco doesn’t even know the club involved, which means this is not at all at an advanced stage and further convinces me it’s mostly a play, either for more money or certain promises, by his agent and (b) he’s still got that Seattle defeat on his mind.

The club, by the way, is reportedly Tianjin Quanjian, who previously tried to sign Diego Costa from Chelsea and are coached by former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro.

More interesting/amusing was this little snippet from Giovinco when asked to confirm if the rumours of a loan offer from Barcelona this time last year were true:

“It’s true, in the past there was interest from Barcelona, but I’d have been a ball boy there. With those three stars in attack, I wouldn’t play at all.

“I wasn’t interested because I wanted to play. Neymar, Leo Messi and Luis Suarez would’ve played even with one leg and still made the difference, so there was no point in me being there.”

Fair enough.