Toronto FC has signed French midfielder Benoît Cheyrou. As per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. He will be added to the roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
“Benoit’s vision and his ability to distribute the ball are two very distinct qualities that have made him such a successful player throughout his career both domestically in France and in European competition,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “He has a wealth of experience and success and is another important piece that complements the ones we currently have in place. We are very excited to bring him to Toronto FC.”
Cheyrou, 33, spent the past seven seasons at French Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille (Marseille). For his career he has made 304 combined appearances in Ligue 1, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup/Europa League, Coupe de France, and Coupe de la Ligue matches. He has also added 28 goals and 42 assists for Marseille. In addition, Cheyrou was named to the Ligue 1 Team of the Year on three consecutive occasions (07-08, 08-09, 09-10). With Marseille, Cheyrou helped the club win the 2009-10 Ligue 1 title and three consecutive Coupe de la Ligue titles in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
“I’m very excited to sign for Toronto FC,” said Toronto FC midfielder Benoit Cheyrou. “I cannot wait to wear the jersey and join my new teammates.”