Last June 30th, a huge number of players ended their contracts with their respective teams and were left free of action, with the possibility of negotiating with any other team. Naturally, and, as expected, several of the most prominent did not take long to get a new club for the season that has already begun.
Proper nouns like those of Franck Kessié, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rüdiger and Luis Suárez, among many others, joined the ranks of various casts throughout the old continent. However, to the surprise of many and despite the fact that time continues to pass, there are many more who remain free to act.
The 10 great players who are still free
10- Jason Denayer
The 27-year-old Belgian central defender finds himself without a team after leaving Olympique de Lyon. He accumulates 35 appearances with his country’s national team and has also played for Manchester City, Celtic, Galatasaray and Sunderland.
9- Florian Grillitsch
Who also did not get a new club is the versatile Austrian midfielder Florian Grillitsch, just 27 years old. The 33-time international with his country’s team was released from Hoffenheim and also knew military service in Werder Bremen.
8- Denis Cheryshev
Denis Cheryshev was one of the great figures of the 2018 Russia World Cup, representing the host team. However, at 31 years of age, he did not receive a contract renewal from Valencia. He previously played for Real Madrid, Sevilla and Villarreal.
7- Juan Mata
The offensive midfielder knew how to be one of the most wanted in the world in his position. However, at the age of 34, he was released from Manchester United, where he hardly had a place. He has experience in Real Madrid, Valencia and Chelsea, in addition to 41 appearances with ‘La Furia Roja’.
6- Artem Dzyuba
The powerful and corpulent Russian forward also shone in the last World Cup. Now, at almost 34 years of age, he was released after serving in Zenit. It should be noted that he also served in Spartak Moscow, Tom Tomsk, FK Rostov and Arsenal Tula.
5- Serge Aurier
Another who still hasn’t found a team is Serge Aurier, a talented 29-year-old Ivorian right-back. The former Lens, Toulouse, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham Hotspur player did not settle in Villarreal, from where he ended up with the pass in his possession.
4- Adnan Januzaj
Fourth place in this ranking belongs to the talented 27-year-old Belgian attacking midfielder. The 15-time international with his country had risen to fame at Manchester United but then went unnoticed by Borussia Dortmund and Sunderland. He finally disassociated himself from Real Sociedad, where he shone again.
After an authentic eternity defending the Real Madrid shirt, the Brazilian left-back separated from Merengue at 34 years of age. Despite his experience and his talents, the ex-Fluminense is having a hard time finding a suitable destination.
2- Edinson Cavani
After leaving Manchester United, the experienced 35-year-old Uruguayan attacker was just one step away from Boca Juniors. In any case, at the last moment he decided to decline the chance to continue in the old continent. He also played for Danubio, Palermo, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.
1- Andrea Belotti
Perhaps the best present player who is still without a contract is Andrea Belotti, striker for the Italian national team. At 28 years old, the ‘Gallo’ is completely in force and has just left Torino. He previously worked at AlbinoLeffe and Palermo.