When you’re the highest-paid player in the league, you’re going to get a lot of attention. And when you’ve played just 34 minutes all season, there will always be questions asked about you. And that’s just for a normal superstar, let alone one that’s rumoured to be unhappy in his new city.

Toronto FC head coach Bob Bradley faced the media ahead of TFC’s visit to San Jose Saturday night, and the veteran American would’ve known when he woke up Friday morning that he was bound to face questions about the Turkish reports that Lorenzo Insigne was dissatisfied in MLS and interested in a return to Europe.

“I see Lorenzo every day. He comes in (to the BMO Training Ground) in a good way,” said Bradley on Friday. “Obviously in this last stretch when he can’t play, he’s a little bit more frustrated. And when rumours pop up — and nobody really does much to check sources and stuff like that — that’s just not stuff that we usually think about or talk about, especially when, day in and day out, within the group, you get a good feel for how everybody’s doing.”

Turkish outlet Akşam Spor reported that the Euro 2020 winner is not satisfied with life in MLS and has told his representatives that he would like a new challenge. Galatasaray are reportedly pursuing an initial loan deal this summer, with an option to buy based on performance metrics. The 31-year-old has been “recommended” to the Turkish giants by Erden Timur, the businessman who helped bring Insigne’s friend and longtime Napoli teammate Dries Mertens to Galatasaray, claims the report. It is thought that Insigne would look positively at a move to Galatasaray, in part because of the presence of Mertens.

“I think TFC as a club does a really good job of looking out for, not only the player, but families,” Bradley added. “In that regard, everybody cares deeply for Lorenzo and Jenny and the boys. And we’re always excited to keep trying to help them feel good about every part of being here and I know for Lorenzo so much of that starts with being healthy and being on the field.”

The 31-year-old scored six goals in 13 matches across all competitions with TFC last year after joining the MLS club in the summer, perhaps too late for any realistic chance of making the MLS Cup Playoffs. Insigne missed five of the 16 MLS games he was theoretically available for last season, and has played just nine per cent of TFC’s minutes so far in 2023.

This week’s international break has taken four starters from Bradley’s squad. Jonathan Osorio, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Richie Laryea, and Ayo Akinola are with John Herdman’s CanMNT for Saturday’s CONCACAF Nations League friendly in Curaçao and Tuesday’s visit from Honduras at BMO Field.

Luckily for TFC supporters, the MLS fixture list makers have given TFC just one game during this international break.