Darren Mattocks has conducted a bizarre interview in his homeland of Jamaica, blasting the Vancouver Whitecaps for their apparent mismanagement of him.
The disgruntled 23-year old forward made his displeasure at the way he was treated in 2013 known to the public when speaking on Football GPS earlier this week.
Mattocks, who scored eight goals as the Whitecaps made the playoffs in 2012, was given just eight starts under Martin Rennie this season and was clearly disappointed with the amount of game time he received.
The Jamaican international referred to himself in the third person when describing what occurred during the campaign and even suggested that clubs in England and elsewhere around MLS were extremely keen on his services.
“When Darren led the team as a rookie, Vancouver made the playoffs, right?” said Mattocks.
“My second season, coach have me upon the bench a majority of the season – me and him couldn't agree. The player who lead MLS in scoring [Camilo] play for Vancouver – how come them [miss] the playoffs? So you read between the lines.”
Mattocks, who is looking for the Vancouver exit door, added: “Vancouver don't want Darren to leave as yet, they want to sell me [for] as much money as possible.
“So obviously I have to pursue my dreams, to play in the best league in the world [the English Premier League], as every young player. So because of that I tell the coach, 'Listen, do what's best for me, do what's best for the club. Because if you sell me, the club have to get money. And I get to fulfill my dreams. It's a win-win situation.'
“The coach say he's not ready to sell Darren,” he continued. “So I say, why not? They want to invest in me more. I said, you already invested in Darren by drafting me, and now you have to reap the benefits by selling me. They don't want that. So from that, me and them couldn't agree. At the end of the day, I have to look out for what's best for me.
“I'm a footballer, I'm only 23, but I have a lot of talent in front of me, a lot of years to go. So I have to look at that as well.”
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