Is Camilo Sanvezzo going, or is he staying?
The Vancouver Whitecaps are denying a report from ESPN Deportes saying that Sanvezzo, the MLS Golden Boot winner and the club’s Brazilian striker, has been sold to Queretaro FC in Mexico.
Another report via Twitter out of Mexico on Thursday morning, and put through Google Translate, stated that Sanvezzo would be reporting to Queretaro FC on Sunday.
A spokesman for the Whitecaps said, “There is no truth to that rumour. Camilo is currently under contract and we look forward to seeing him and the rest of the team for the start of our pre-season camp later this month.”
Sanvezzo scored 22 goals in 32 games during MLS regular season competition last year and, by virtue of his skill on the pitch and flare, is a popular figure with the local fans.
According to the MLS Players’ Union, Sanvezzo made $247,500 last season. He told reporters that he had two option years left on his contract at the conclusion of the 2013 season.
In December, the Whitecaps picked up his option for the 2014 season.
Prior to the club’s regular season finale against Colorado, in which the striker scored a hat trick to claim the Golden Boot, the 25-year-old Sanvezzo told reporters that he sees a long-term fit in Vancouver.
“I love this city, I love the support and I want to stay here a long time,” Sanvezzo said back on Oct. 23.
“We know the city, we know the people, we know everything and you feel home here and we are very happy here.”