ATLANTA, GEORGIA—Atlanta United FC star striker Josef Martinez on Tuesday, doused off rumors that he wants to get out of the team and play somewhere else.
In a press conference, Venezuela soccer star Martinez said he loved playing for the city and is very grateful that the team acquired him.
“The first time I came here I said this is my club, this is my city and I love to be here,” Martinez said.
Martinez added that if given the chance he wants to end his professional soccer career in the MLS soccer club.
“I want to retire here. I love this club,” Martinez.
Rumors have been circulating earlier that Martinez wants to leave the team due to his reported feud with former coach Gabriel Heinze.
Sources said Martinez will play for the team when they visit the home team FC Cincinnati on July 21 at TQL Stadium.
United FC interim head coach Rob Valentino is optimistic his crew can finally get back to its winning ways especially that Martinez is expected to play in the game.
United FC is also confident of a victory against the home team since Cincinnati is also struggling in the ongoing Major League Soccer season.
Cincinnati’s defense has unsurprisingly been one of the worst in the league and conceded the second-most goals in the league (25).
To defeat the home team, Martinez needs to play his A-game come game-time.
Aside from Martinez, newly acquired player striker Amar Sejdic also needs to play well for United FC.
If Valentino can come up with a good game plan on Wednesday, there is no reason his team will lose against the home team.