Mike Magee insisted that he was not holding out for an improved Chicago Fire contract recently.
The reigning MLS MVP has been absent from Fire‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI was not holding out,‚ÄĚ said Magee. ‚ÄúMy personal situation is resolved.‚ÄĚ
He added of a possible new contract: ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs not up to me. I wish I wrote my own contract but unfortunately it‚Äôs someone else‚Äôs decision.
‚ÄúIf they offer me a long contract for a lot of money, I‚Äôd surely sign.
‚ÄúI‚Äôd love to sign a long-term deal and play here forever, but that‚Äôs not up to me.‚ÄĚ
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