German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones has made no secret of the fact that he would like to continue his career in Major League Soccer, but the where and for how much have been subject of much speculation.
After a banner World Cup for the United States men’s national team, Jones is looking for a good payday to come to Major League Soccer for the first time in his career. The team most linked to him has been the Chicago Fire, but a contract has yet to be worked out.
Ives Galarcep of Goal.com reported last night that sources indicated Jones turned down a two-year, $6 million deal to join the Fire.
However, that appears not to be the case, at least according to Jones himself. The out-of-contract midfielder steadfastly denied the figures reported in the media via his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon:
Jones spent last season playing for Beşiktaş in the Turkish league, making just 10 appearances. He spent the vast majority of his career playing in his native Germany, with a seven-year stint at powerhouse Schalke 04. At the club he made 129 appearances and scored seven goals while playing a defensive midfield role.
It remains to be seen if Jones can work out a contract soon, but there is still plenty of time to get something done. The fact that years and dollars are being talked about rather than “where” is a positive sign that something will eventually get done between the two sides.