Early Friday afternoon, the Vancouver Whitecaps confirmed the sale of star striker Camilo to Mexican club Queretaro for a “multi-million dollar fee.” The news came after a protracted and dramatic dispute over the status of the player's contract.
“We have made the decision to part ways with Camilo Sanvezzo,” Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said in a club statement. “In doing so, we were able to negotiate a club record transfer fee that will give us additional flexibility as we continue to build our club for the upcoming season and beyond.”
Within that same Whitecaps' press release, Queretaro president Adolfo Rios also made an apology of sorts, referencing the fact Camilo's agent had given that club the impression the Brazilian was a free agent, when in fact the Whitecaps had exercised the player's option a few weeks previously.
“We are pleased to report that we’ve come to an agreement with Camilo Sanvezzo and Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” Rios said. “On behalf of our club, we sincerely regret our misunderstanding in regards to Camilo’s contract earlier in the process.”
Camilo starred during his time in Vancouver, scoring 39 goals and adding 16 assists in 92 appearances. In 2013 he finished as the Golden Boot winner, bagging 22 goals.