Sporting CP stars including William Carvalho and Bas Dost cancel contracts

Annette Crawford
June 12, 2018

Fresh reports from Portuguese news outlet O Jogo indicate that Martins, along with teammates Bruno Fernandes and William Carvalho, has pushed for the termination of his deal at Sporting, which would thereby allow him to leave the club on a free transfer.

A subsequent report from Sapo suggests that Ricardo Battaglia, Bas Dost and Jeremy Mathieu will now follow suit, and could depart the Lisbon based giants by the end of the week.

Several Sporting players are considering cancelling their contracts with the club after they were attacked at the training ground by fans last month.

This was understood to be in response to Sporting missing out on qualification for next season's Champions League place, with Leões having come third in Liga NOS.

Arsenal has been handed a major boost in the pursuit of Sporting Lisbon star Gelson Martins, after terminating his contract.

"It was annoying, but tomorrow is a new day", Carvalho said.

The players participated in the cup final - a 2-1 loss to Aves - but have now decided to make their feelings known.

Gelson Martins reportedly wants to join Arsenal.

Following the exit of Rui Patricio, as well as head coach Jorge Jesus, the foursome of Dost, Carvalho, Martins and Fernandes chose to go public on Monday, and filed notice with the Portuguese Securities Market Commission that they meant to terminate their contracts, invoking "just cause" after being attacked in their workplace.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a swoop for Sporting CP star Bruno Fernandes in recent times and it seems they could have a flawless opportunity to recruit the player this summer.

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