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Former Roma star Bradley: 'I needed a new challenge'

Michael Bradley has revealed that he left AS Roma in the winter because he 'needed a new challenge'.

The 26-year old USA international was a key player with the Italian club before signing a Designated Player deal with Toronto FC in January.

At such a young age, it appears as though Bradley has departed Europe prematurely but he insists he needed a change. The former Heerenveen, Borussia Monchengladbach, Aston Villa and Chievo Verona midfielder also admitted he was thinking about this summer's World Cup when making his decision to return to MLS.

"I was at a point in Roma where I needed a new challenge and was ready for a change of scenery," Bradley told reporters earlier this week.

"Six months out from a World Cup, it was important for me now to get to a place where they really wanted me, to get to a club where they could see what I was all about, and where I was going to play a really important role."

Bradley will make his TFC debut when the Canadian club takes on Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field this weekend.

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