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Toronto FC status of Brazilian DP Gilberto in question

Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney admits he is unsure of the future that lies ahead for Gilberto.

The Brazilian striker signed with the Reds as a Designated Player ahead of the 2014 MLS season but has not reported to pre-season training as the Canadian club prepares for the upcoming campaign.

During the current off-season, TFC have seen marquee man Jermain Defoe depart for Sunderland but have managed to sign Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco as DPs which leaves Gilberto's future in question.

Vanney indicated that perhaps the 25-year old former Internacional forward, who scored seven goals in 28 appearances in his debut MLS season, could be on the move in the not-too-distant future.

"I'm not 100 percent clear on his situation," Vanney told reporters at training Wednesday.

"I know there's been several clubs, including clubs in the league, who have inquired about him.

"I don't know exactly where things stand. As far as I know, he's continuing to stay fit and work.

"We also have to see where the CBA stuff lands, but in all likelihood we'll find a place for him. I'm just not sure exactly where that will be."

Vanney added: "It's a unique situation. He's taking a look at some different options I think, for himself, as we, along with his representation, work through this process."

It has been reported that Gilberto, who is currently training with homeland club Vasco da Gama, is a target for Montreal Impact but the Quebec club made no comment on the matter when contacted by MLSsoccer.com.

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