It seems like Nicolas Benezet's time with Toronto FC is over.
On Thursday, Toronto FC and captain Michael Bradley agreed to a new Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) contract, but in order to free up that money, TFC declined the purchase option on Benezet's loan, which is set to expire at the end of the year.
When asked about a potential Benezet return, Toronto FC president Bill Manning said “It would be extremely difficult, unless [Benezet] was willing to come [back] under a salary cap [deal]. Not TAM.”
In other words, unless the French attacker was willing to take about half of the $600,000 USD that he made last season, it appears that his time with the Reds may be over.
On Twitter, Benezet expressed his disappointment at Manning’s remarks, replying to a tweet from the Toronto Sun's Steve Buffery.
— NB7 (@NicolasBenezet) December 12, 2019
He also sent out a tweet on Saturday, which has a brutal automatic translation, but what we think means he feels as though he's been ripped off by Toronto FC.
Je suis entrain de prendre une disquette incroyable avc le DG de Toronto— NB7 (@NicolasBenezet) December 14, 2019
In 13 matches for TFC across all competitions since joining the Reds on July 29, Benezet scored three goals, including this curling effort against Atlanta United that sent Toronto to the MLS Cup Final.
We’ll keep a close eye to see where this goes.