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Barcelona confirm Matheus Fernandes has been released

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The Brazilian’s contract has been terminated

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Barcelona have confirmed they have terminated the contract of Brazilian midfielder Matheus Fernandes.

Here’s the club’s official, and pretty brief, statement:

FC Barcelona has informed Brazilian player Matheus Fernandes that the club no longer requires his services and is terminating the contract he had until June 2025.”

The 22-year-old only arrived at the club from Palmeiras in 2020 on a five-year contract for a fee of €7 million, plus €3 million in variables. The deal included a buyout clause set at €300m.

Fernandes went out on loan afterwards to Real Valladolid before returning to Barcelona for the 2020-21 campaign. However, it was a tough season for the midfielder who only managed 17 minutes of action in all competitions.

The youngster gave an interview to Mundo Deportivo in May where he revealed he’d been told by Ronald Koeman that he “didn’t have the quality to play for Barça” but insisted he wanted to stay and fight for his place.

Yet Fernandes’s career with Barcelona is now over and he’ll need to look for a new club ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.