June 04, 2015 12:11:59 UK
Last season’s player of the year Milos Dimitrijevic heads the list of players parting company with Sydney FC.
The beaten Grand Finalists had wanted to keep the Serbian midfielder for another year, but were not willing to bridge the gap between their offer and Dimitrijevic’s terms Dimitrijevic has headed to Europe, where he had spent all of his career before joining the Sky Blues in January 2014.
Corey Gameiro and Nicky Carle are other high-profile names to be let go by coach Graham Arnold.
I’d like to thank those players who are leaving us for their service to the club and hope they continue to be successful in their careers.
The Sky Blues’ hopes of signing winger Bernie Ibini, who spent last season on loan from Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, have been dashed as he is reported to be on the brink of a move to Bruges in Belgium.
The wholesale departures from the squad also include last season’s Golden Boot winner Marc Janko, who was released last month, veteran keeper Ivan Necevski, Sasa Ognenovski, Robert Stambolziev, Hagi Gligor and Peter Triantis.
Sydney FC are 5.00 to win the 2015/16 Grand Final.
Arnold said: “I’d like to thank those players who are leaving us for their service to the club and hope they continue to be successful in their careers.
“I’m delighted we have been able to keep the vast majority of this season’s grand final squad together and with a few more additions I think we are building towards a very exciting and successful 2015/16 A-League season.”
Gameiro is reported to be a target for Melbourne City ahead of the new campaign, having been denied the chance to progress his career with Sydney due to two serious injuries.
Arnold said his team’s two friendlies against Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea had shown there were some highly talented youngsters at the club who would be challenging for places next season.
He added: “With an Asian Champions League campaign ahead of us we are going to need to recruit well but I believe we have a fantastic foundation for the year ahead.”
Meanwhile, Australia are 15.00 to win their opening match at the Women’s World Cup against the USA, who are 1.12 with the draw 9.00.
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