Mike Magee insisted that he was not holding out for an improved Chicago Fire contract recently.
The reigning MLS MVP has been absent from Fireâ€™s preseason training in recent weeks with reports suggesting that he was away from the club in order to prompt a better deal on the current one which expires in 2015.
However, the former LA Galaxy ace has told the Chicago Tribune that his non-attendance has been due to personal issues and not a contract protest.
â€śI was not holding out,â€ť said Magee. â€śMy personal situation is resolved.â€ť
He added of a possible new contract: â€śThatâ€™s not up to me. I wish I wrote my own contract but unfortunately itâ€™s someone elseâ€™s decision.
â€śIf they offer me a long contract for a lot of money, Iâ€™d surely sign.
â€śIâ€™d love to sign a long-term deal and play here forever, but thatâ€™s not up to me.â€ť
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