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Monday, 17 May 2010 13:43

Maniche leaves Cologne

Midfielder a free agent

Former Portugal international Maniche has rescinded his contract with German Bundesliga club Cologne, leaving him free to find a new team this summer.

Maniche still had one season left on his two-year deal with Cologne, but having recently admitted that he was unsettled in Germany, the club have taken the opportunity to remove one of the highest earners from their wage bill.

General Manager Michael Meier said of the decision: “We have met Maniche’s desire to go back with his family to his home country of Portugal. We are grateful to Maniche for the work he did with FC Cologne and wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

Related article: Unhappy Maniche eyeing Portugal return

Maniche made a total of 30 appearances in all competitions in the 2009/10 campaign, with 26 coming in the Bundesliga and a further 4 in cup competitions. The former Porto man scored three goals: two in the league and one in the cup.

By Sean Gillen

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Comments (3)
3 Tuesday, 18 May 2010 03:07
I miss this guy but he's getting older but he's not the same player he use to be. But I would like to see him return to Portugal even if he signs for a team that I don't like.
He's Done
2 Monday, 17 May 2010 16:29
Finish their carrers is fine as long as they still have something left to finish.
Maniche might have enough left to produce here and there, but he isn't a difference maker.
Sporting needs more than one difference maker, and if they sign Maniche, it will just be a feel good signing.
For me he's done, so what will briging him do exactly.
1 Monday, 17 May 2010 13:59
I’ve heard that there is a possibility that he maybe going to Sporting. They have been missing some experienced players and he could help them out next season. It’s always great to see successful Portuguese nationals returning home to finish their careers.

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