Król happy in Chicago

Defender wants Fire stay

BRIDGEVIEW Ill. — Chicago Fire defender Krzysztof Król on Tuesday refuted a report claiming that he is unhappy in Chicago and wants to leave at the end of this season.

The report was centered around a series of tweets written by Król’s wife, Patrycja Mikula.

According to the report, Mikula’s tweets intimated that Król wants to return to his native Poland when his year-long loan from Polish club Jagiellonia Bialystok expires this January.

But in an exclusive interview with MLSsoccer.com, Król emphasized that that is not the case.

“I’m so happy [in Chicago],” Król said. “I’m going to be working very hard in the last two and a half months of the season because the Chicago Fire has an option to buy me, and I’m going to do everything so that they want [to do that].”

“We have a good team now,” he added. “We have three new players with Gonzalo [Segares], Freddie [Ljungberg], and Nery [Castillo] so we have a very good team. I think we can win the league this season, and I want to stay with this team.”

On Tuesday evening, Mikula responded to the controversy stirred up by her earlier tweets, writing on her Twitter feed: "To all the fans out there and soccer fans: there has been a misunderstanding! Krzysztof Król and I eventually want to live in Europe. But not right now, he is playing for Chicago Fire and is happy with his team here!"

The 23-year-old Król did admit that he hopes to return to Europe after a few more years with Chicago.

“I think that everyone wants to play in Europe,” Król said. “But you know, of course, that’s because [that’s where] the best teams are. But at this moment I have a contract here, and I want to stay here for maybe two or three years more.”

Sam Stejskal covers the Chicago Fire for MLSsoccer.com. Email him at sam.h.stejskal@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @samstejskal.