Recent rumors have sprung up about Chicago Fire winger David Accam leaving, but Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez squashed those rumors in an interview on Tuesday.
Accam has been training with Stoke City during the MLS offseason and that sparked the possibility of a move after just one season at Toyota Park, but Rodriguez was adamant that there has been no contact regarding a transfer.
“David is a key part of our team and a key part of our plans for 2016 and beyond,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t really understand where the rumors have originated or why they even exist. We’ve had no discussions at all with Stoke or any other team for the transfer of his services.”
Rodriguez explained that Accam approached the Fire about the training stint with the idea that it would help him better prepare for 2016.
“To David’s credit he wants to have a bigger and better season than he did last year,” Rodriguez said. “He thought that getting a head start on training would put him in a better position to achieve that goal of an improved season in 2016 and we were pleased to accommodate his request.
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“I know that he had felt a little fatigued last year and he thought that starting a more formalized training regimens earlier would give him a greater endurance and greater strength for the year. I think he deserves the credit for wanting to improve and for seeking out an opportunity if he thinks we’ll do that for him.”
What about a short-term loan move though? There have been cases of MLS players being loaned out for short stints in Europe during the MLS offseason. For example, Robbie Keane played for Aston Villa for two months in 2012 before returning to the Los Angeles Galaxy at the start of the MLS season.
“I’ve learned never to never say or rarely to say never, but it would be extremely difficult and it is very hard to foresee a scenario that would have us agree to a loan at the start of our season,” Rodriguez said. “With the new coaching staff and a new year, preseason becomes so much more important, particularly as our goals and objectives and being a team that is quite adaptable to circumstance is going to require us to have a team together quite a lot. I think it’s unrealistic.”