Twellman Vents About Preston Approach
Just got off the phone with star forward Taylor Twellman, who says the Revs and/or MLS have rejected a $2.5 million offer from England's Preston North End, an increase of about $1 million since their initial approach.
Twellman, to say the least, is not happy.
"I want to go. It's perfect timing. It's the right club and, being 27, it's the right time to go to Europe."
Who rejected the offer?
"When I ask MLS, they say the Revs rejected it. When I ask the Revs, they said it was MLS. Look, you're not going to get more than that for a guy like me, who is not always with the national team. It's a good offer. Anytime a team wants you that bad, of course you want to go."
Twellman, the former Maryland star who has become one of MLS's most prolific scorers and has helped the Revs to four MLS Cup appearances, signed a new contract with the league last year. He was guaranteed $350,000 in 2007. This coming season his deal is also guaranteed, but says the 2009 and '10 seasons are conditional. Based on national team appearances, he said he's been assured that he'd be approved for a British work permit. PNE is in the second-tier Championship division and struggling to avoid relegation.
How would he describe his emotions right now?
"I'm everywhere from confused to mad because I don't know where we are on this. I have always been told that there is no international interest out there for me, but if there were, they would consider it. So it's at the point where I feel like they've gotta sell me or compensate me, whether it's with money or more guaranteed years. I don't have to make big Designated Player money. I just want something to happen."
I am awaiting comments from Revs officials.....
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