The Orlando City Lions resumed preseason training yesterday with all of their players resuming for the new season, but there was one significant absentee.
Cyle Larin was nowhere to be found as coach Kreis put the lads through light fitness routines.
The Canadian international is currently at loggerheads with the club after claiming his current deal has expired, but Orlando City insists he agreed to a two years extension on his deal, and that provision has been triggered.
At the moment it is unclear who is saying the truth, but what is clear is that Cyle Larin does not want to play for the Lions again.
He and his representatives claim that they have no contract with Orlando and that the clubs should allow him to pursue his dream of playing in Europe.
Indeed that dream is almost certainly a reality as he has already undergone his medicals with Besiktas before Orlando City threatened to take the Turkish giants to court over the illegal transfer.
The total worth of his current deal contract with Orlando is unknown, but Besiktas have made it clear that they would not pay a transfer fee for Larin, leaving him to pay it himself.
However, Besiktas may be about to miss out on his signature as Greek side Olympiacos have entered the race for his signature.
According to reports, the Greeks are willing to pay a transfer fee to Orlando.
Coach Kreis claims he does not know if Larin would be fined or not, but one thing is clear, he would rather have a happy player in his team than a player whose heart is somewhere else.
The question now is should Orlando City cash in on Larin? If they do, are there good replacements out there in the market? And how much is Larin worth?
Orlando have hired Marcos Motta who successfully handled Neymar’s negotiations to help them in this case. Hiring an attorney of this repute means Orlando would stop at nothing to get what they want.
This is not a welcome distraction ahead of the new season, and the earlier it is sorted out, the better.