Toronto FC Statement On De Rosario

Tuesday morning reports from the UK press revealed that Toronto FC captain Dwayne De Rosario is on trial in Scotland with Celtic, alongside former Swedish international Freddie Ljungberg.

The news arrives despite the Reds insisting a day earlier that De Rosario was not going on trial.

In light of the reports, Toronto issued the following statement on Tuesday morning:

"We were unaware of Dwayne's plan to train with Celtic and we will contact them to understand the situation. Obviously, if there is interest in a short term loan arrangement by either him or Celtic, they will need to approach us and the League formally and we will consider based on what is in TFC's best interest."

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UPDATE: Tuesday, December 28 - 4 p.m. ET, comment from interim director Earl Cochrane:

"I was contacted a little more than a month ago by Dwayne (De Rosario) and his representative  - asking if we would entertain a loan or training stint. We said we would but would need assurances and final sign off on it - that an agreement would need to be in place that we were comfortable with."

"Dwayne's agent contacted me and asked if we would let Dwayne train with a club and we said we would, but again would have to have something official in place that would provide us with some assurances that should Dwayne get hurt we would be covered. They understood that completely."

"I have not received anything official from Dwayne or his agent or Celtic. MLS will reach out to Celtic to clear up this situation and will do what is best for Toronto FC.”