Melbourne Victory midfielder Gui Finkler who had been reportedly linked with moving to rival New Zealand club, confirmed his signing for the Wellington Phoenix.
As per the Sydney Morning Herald reports, Finkler’s “future in navy blue looked to be all behind him after he was left out of the club’s Asian Champions League squad for the second time.” The source also noted that his contract with the Victory was set to get over by the end of the season.
According to the Goal, Victory confirmed the “Brazilian’s” departure on Tuesday.
“Gui has made the decision to take up a new opportunity at a different club, and that’s the nature of the industry we’re in,” Victory coach Kevin Muscat said.
“Gui has been a strong contributor to Melbourne Victory over a number of years. We thank him for his service to Melbourne Victory and wish him well for the future.”
Finkler made it evident that he wasn’t comfortable with his form and stay at Victory. He was also unhappy when he wasn’t included in the 2016 AFC Champions League squad.
However, noted the Sydney Morning Herald, Finkler would be happy to continue his career under Ernie Merrick.
Merrick had also coached the Victory squad and he was responsible for Vince Lia and Michael Ferrante’s departure from Victory to New Zealand. Lia still remains with Wellington while Ferrante is playing in the “National Premier League Victoria” with Pascoe Vale, wrote the SMH.
As per the Melbourne Victory website, Finkler played 89 Hyundai A-League games and scored 20 goals “over the past four seasons for Victory”.
Following his departure, he left a statement on Tuesday. “It was obviously a difficult decision for me to leave such a great club like Melbourne Victory,” Finkler said.
“I want to thank everyone at the club and the fans for their support over the last four seasons. I am very thankful for all the memories I’ve created at Victory.
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