CF Montreal exercise transfer option on Joaquin Torres

CF Montreal midfielder Joaquin Torres shoots the ball in Orlando, Florida

On Thursday, the MLS-side CF Montreal exercise the option on the loan for Joaquin Torres to make the move permanent. Torres deal is a two-year deal that will expire after the 2023 season but there is an option on his contract for two more years.

“My goal when I came here was to win my spot on the team and play as much as possible and to stay and now that it’s a done deal and now the goal is to make the playoffs and go far and on a personal level is pretty much the same playing as much as possible and continue to improve.”

CF Montreal exercise transfer option and makes move permanent with Joaquin Torres

Olivier Renard who is the Montreal Sporting Director was very pleased with the decision and gave his thoughts on the deal.

 “We are pleased with Joaquín’s transfer to the Club,” Joaquín has adapted well since his arrival last winter. We are happy with what he has done so far this season and we are confident for the future. He is a player who is motivated to be in Montreal and he feels good at the Club.”

Head coach Wilfried Nancy who met with the media today ahead of the 401 derby on Saturday against TFC at BMO Field in Toronto was also happy with the move.

“I’m happy for him, I think he deserved it and he started slowly because I decided to take my time with him because he has a lot of specificities and he had to wait a bit but I am happy because it is a long term contract and at the same time he has a possibility to grow and this is what I want from him and this is what the club wants and this is what I want in terms of getting a player involved in the club and the player wants to progress and I like it.”

Samuel Piette was also excited about the move and spoke about the player Torres is and what he brings to the team and his skillset.

“I am really happy that he is going to stay with us for two more years, he is a really important player for us offensively you can see his quality on the ball, his dribbling too, finding pockets between the midfield line and the defensive line which helps us a lot to play forward and he is a guy that can assist and can score too and he is always dangerous when he has the ball at his feet so I think he is a key attribute to the team and a different profile too so it’s good to have him and hopefully he keeps doing really well this year and for the years to come.”

Joaquin Torres’ progress with CF Montreal this year

Torres so far this season has played in 24 MLS games with 18 in which he started and so far has spent 1,539 minutes playing and is ranked third on the team in shots with 33 while scoring four goals (including one on August 28 in a 3-1 win against Toronto) and adding five assists. Montreal is still in the thick of a tight playoff race and is currently in sixth place with four games left in the regular season.

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