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Rumor Central: Joao Plata presented at the White House

06 July 3:18 pm

Rumor Central: Joao Plata presented at the White House

By Simon Borg

Joao Plata was at the "White House" on Friday afternoon and his former club in Toronto couldn't seem any farther away.

Although there has been no official word from Toronto FC, the Reds fan favorite was holding up a Liga de Quito jersey in a press conference held at the Ecuadorian club's Casa Blanca, where reports indicate he will remain through the end of the year.

Plata returned to Ecuador earlier this week unbeknownst to TFC, who were expecting him to show up to practice earlier this week although they admit they were investigating a potential loan deal with his former club.

The 20-year-old did not appear under new Toronto manager Paul Mariner, who took over for Aron Winter, and Plata told FutbolMLS.com earlier this week that he did not figure in the Englishman's plans.

But they were happy to have him in Ecuador, if this photo from Friday is any indication.