Sunderland midfielder Cabral has left the club by “mutual consent”

Cabral
Cabral

SUNDERLAND have cleared more dead-wood off the books after coming to terms with midfielder Cabral to release him from his contract.

SUNDERLAND have cleared more dead-wood off the books after coming to terms with midfielder Cabral to release him from his contract.

The Black Cats have desperately been trying to shift Cabral for more than a year after it swiftly became clear that the former Basel man was not up to Premier League standard.

But after being unable to move Cabral on for the second transfer window in a row, both Sunderland and the player have agreed to mutually terminate the remaining 18 months of his contract at the club.

“Sunderland can confirm that midfielder Cabral has left the club by mutual consent,” said a club statement tonight.

Cabral was signed on a three-year deal by former director of football Roberto Di Fanti in the summer of 2013.

But after making two appearances at the start of that season under Paolo Di Canio, Cabral has not featured for the first-team since.

Cabral went on loan to Italian side Genoa last January, but didn’t do enough to earn a permanent switch and returned to Sunderland, where he has been an unused substitute on two occasions this season.

With Jozy Altidore and Charis Mavrias also departing in this transfer window, it leaves Emanuele Giaccherini and Vito Mannone as the only Di Fanti signings currently in the Sunderland first-team squad.