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On Sunday, Swiss club FC Basel announced on its website that they would terminate the contract of 35-year-old Hungarian striker Ádám Szalai with immediate effect and will “go their separate ways” in the future. It was mentioned that Szalai joined the club last February from Mainz, where he scored six goals and assisted one goal in 24 games.
The break-up follows the club’s decision in mid-October to ban Szalai from training with the Swiss champions, who were last silver medalists in the Swiss league. In mid-November, the Basel Civil Court ruled that the striker could continue to train with the team, however, after this fiasco, the relationship between Szalai and his team became quite frosty.
The now terminated Swiss contract of the retired footballer was due to expire in the summer, but after a long period of uncertainty, the fate of the Hungarian player has now been decided. Earlier, there had been rumors that Szalai could be a coach at Basel until the end of his contract. The Hungarian footballer has made no secret of his future plans to obtain a coaching license and has already started down this road by enrolling in the combined UEFA B and A license training course run by the Hungarian Football Association.
Where and how Szalai will now continue his career is not yet known. There have also been rumors that the 35-year-old striker will retire, as he already did from the Hungarian national team last autumn. However, Szalai said on his Instagram page after his contract with Basel was terminated that “we are going forward,” suggesting that he still wants to play for a football team. During the January transfer window, Szalai will be able to negotiate with potential suitors as a free agent.
Featured photo via Facebook/Ádám Szalai