One year ago, Maurice Edu
was contemplating leaving Maryland early to join MLS.
Now after only
one year with Toronto FC, Edu must consider a move from MLS to
Toronto coach Mo Johnston told
the National Post Wednesday that
European clubs are interested in Edu, who was named the 2007 MLS Rookie of the Year and earned his first caps for the USA in wins at Switzerland South Africa.
He played in midfield
for the senior national team and earned praise
from U-23 coach Peter Nowak
play as an emergency choice in the middle of the backline on the U-23s' trip to China.
British news outlets have reported that Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill
is high on Edu, who was born and raised in California to Nigerian parents. Villa played at TFC on its North American tour last summer.
Edu would not
comment about specifics regarding offers from Europe.
"They haven't contacted me directly and the only info I really know is through my coach, Mo Johnston," Edu told the
National Post. "I love it in Toronto and the club and city have been really great to me. I have aspirations to play in Europe so when opportunities come, I'll consider them and determine if
I think they are a good fit or not."