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Forlan denies Toronto move imminent

July 8, 2013
By ESPN staff

Uruguay international Diego Forlan has rejected reports that he is set to join MLS side Toronto FC and insists he wants to stay at Internacional until the 2014 World Cup at the least.

Diego Forlan marked his 100th cap for Uruguay with the winner against Nigeria
GettyImagesDiego Forlan brought up a century of caps for Uruguay during the Confederations Cup.

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Forlan, 34, has been in Brazil since last summer, when he moved back to South America following an unhappy spell at Inter Milan.

On Monday reports emerged, notably from the Globe and Mail, that the former Manchester United and Villarreal striker was a target for Toronto FC, with Tim Leiweke - the chief exceutive of the Canadian club's parent company - saying a move for Forlan was part of a strategy to lift the MLS club up from the bottom end of the Eastern Conference.

However, Forlan himself nipped the conjecture in the bud when talking to reporters, saying: "I said I would like to play in the United States, also in the Middle East. But I have a contract here for another two years.

"I'm very happy here and I have a contract. Today you know, there are so many websites on the internet to see if the source is right or not."

"I would like to stay at Inter, until not only the (2014) World Cup, but until the end of the contract."

Forlan, who is the most capped Uruguayan footballer of all time with 102 appearances for his country, won the Golden Ball at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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