a Porto club still dreams of the possibility of winning the title of national champion, as it has to beat Vitoria SC in the last round of the championship and wait for what Benfica will do against Santa Clara, however, there are other things that will worry Sergio Conception. .
Even with a Portuguese Cup ready at the end of the season, the fact is that the farewell to this version of the I Liga will take place this Saturday at the Estádio do Dragão and this moment – with or without a party – could mean several “farewells” to the fans by the players at the end of their contract, who They make up the blue and white team.
From defense to attack, Sérgio Conceição knows there are four players on the verge of ending their relationship with FC Porto, a club with whom they have not (yet) reached an agreement to eventually continue. Within this quartet, two players certainly bring more interest on the part of the dragon trainer, especially as they represent strategy on the field.
Examples abound in the past…
Sergio Conceicao has been at FC Porto for six consecutive seasons, and despite various accomplishments, not everything has been a ‘bed of roses’ when it comes to retaining important players, who either transfer in large sums or leave without cost. The example of Yacine Brahimi and Hector Herrera, in 2019, will be some of the most amazing. Which one will follow the same path?
Almost a month ago, when he scored the 27th goal for the Dragons, Ivan Marcano became the defender with the most goals in the history of FC Porto, where he has been since 2014, with the exception of the short period he spent with Roma in 2018/19. The serious injury he suffered In 2020, the Spanish midfielder was left without playing for almost a year and the return to Conceicao’s main options was somewhat timid, until he exceeded all expectations this season, being considered one of the great pillars of Porto’s defense, along with Pepe. .
Wilson Manava hit his fifth season serving the Dragons, peaking in 2019/20 and in 2020/21, until a patellar tendon rupture meant a nearly year-long outage. The comeback has been through the B’s this season, and just this past February, he started to be an option more often in the main squad. The 28-year-old winger has not lost his importance with Conceicao and has conditions to reassert himself at FC Porto, however, for that, a renewal will be necessary.
Perhaps the biggest “headache” for the FC Porto coach. Mateus Uribe has clearly grown in the service of the national champion, in such a way that he will complete, this season, a total of 50 matches precisely in the last round, having already overcome 46 duels in 2020/21. Appointed to several elite clubs, the Colombia international has been increasingly linked with a move to Al Sadd, from Qatar, so the 32-year-old midfielder is about to end his four-year association with the Dragons.
The Brazilian striker arrived at FC Porto in 2018/19, a season in which he made 22 appearances and, almost unbelievably, has only played again since then. And between that, Fernando Andrade added loans to clubs such as Sivasspor, Rizespor and Al-Fayha, after he returned to play with the main team of the Dragons last season, which was marked by a break of about eight months due to injury. This season, the former Santa Clara player hasn’t even added minutes as he’s already preparing for his (hidden) departure.
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