Orlando City SC refuses to exercise option on forward Nani
ORLANDO, Florida (November 26, 2021) – Orlando City SC forward Nani will leave the club after the Lions turned down the Portugal international’s option at the end of the 2021 Major League Soccer season, it was announced today.
“We would like to thank Nani for the professionalism he demonstrated during his time in Orlando,” said Mark Wilf, president of Orlando City SC. “Even recently since we took over the management of this great club, we had great respect for Nani’s passion and abilities, as he led us as captain. We wish him the best for the future. “
Nani, 35, joined the Lions via a free transfer from Portuguese club Sporting CP on February 18, 2019, joining City as a designated player. Since then, he has appeared in 84 games for Orlando City in all competitions, scoring 28 goals and providing 23 assists in MLS in the regular season.
“I would like to personally thank Nani for believing in this project that we have started and built together here, and I think it has been the best decision of my three years here so far,” said the vice president. football operations executive Luiz Muzzi. “He brought everything we needed from him, and he’s a big part of where we are today. “
a The MLS tournament is back Top XI pick for the Lions and player of the tournament finalist, Nani has won four Premier League titles with Manchester United and Europa with the Portuguese national team.