by Duane Rollins
Published on 01-22
Eric Hassli denied rumours that he has demanded a transfer out of Toronto.
It was reported last week that the Frenchman had asked to be moved after former head coach Paul Mariner was fired. However, Hassli said he was excited to start the season with TFC.
“Everyone knows that I have a great bond with Paul, but Ryan Nelsen is a good guy too,” he said during the club’s media day.
Hassli went onto express confidence in his ability to work with injured striker Danny Koevermans once he returns from his ACL injury.
“Everyone keeps asking if I can play with Danny,” Hassli said. “Who can’t play with Danny? Everyone knows he’s a great player.”
TFC opened training camp yesterday.
UPDATE: The Toronto Sun quoted Kevin Payne today on the subject. He indicated that the issue isn’t related to Hassli himself, but rather his wife. She is uncomfortable with the idea of living in Canada. However, the club is working with Hassli to find ways to help her adjust and is not going to move him unless the right deal is offered.