A-League: Milos Ninkovic leaves Sydney FC

A-League: Milos Ninkovic leaves Sydney FC

A-League star Milos Ninkovic has said goodbye to Sydney FC, and he’s been linked with a move to the Sky Blues’ arch-rivals.

Sydney FC’s bid to retain Milos Ninkovic has failed, with the A-League legend to leave the club after seven seasons of stellar service.

The 37-year-old Serbian playmaker, who has been linked with a move to the Western Sydney Wanderers, won three A-League championships and an FFA Cup in his 221 appearances for the Sky Blues.

Despite being offered a new contract by Sydney, as well as a future full-time role in player and game development, Ninkovic elected to move on.

“I’m sad to be leaving but I’ve made this decision in the best interests of my family and I thank everyone for their support,” the two-time Johnny Warren Medal winner said.

“I will always look back at my time in Sky Blue with immense happiness and pride at what we were able to achieve together.

“I will never forget these years and I will also have a huge fondness and a strong bond with our members and fans. I wish the club every success in the future.”

Recently appointed Sky Blues CEO Adam Santo said the club had been “optimistic” that Ninkovic would stay.

“Milos is a legend of our club and we spent a number of weeks talking to him, in the hope he would continue to play a role in our future,” Santo said.

“We were optimistic he would accept our offer to continue playing and remain at the club long-term, where he would transition into full-time employment.

“It has always been our intention for Milos to finish his playing career with Sydney FC.

“Despite our best efforts, Milos has decided to move on and we thank him for the major contribution he has made to our club.”

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