Bruno Zuculini's future back in Manchester City's hands as loan ended

Valencia have confirmed that Bruno Zuculini has been released from his season-long loan and that Manchester City will decide his next move.

Valencia manager Nuno Santo has confirmed during a pre-match press conference that Bruno Zuculini has been released from his season-long loan.

Manchester City allowed the Argentine midfielder to head for La Liga last summer in an effort to find competitive football.

He has, however, been starved of regular minutes in the Spanish top-flight.

The Daily Mirror has reported that City were looking for the 21-year-old’s deal to be cut short so that he could be moved elsewhere, with Getafe offered up as one possible destination.

Zuculini’s fate is back in the hands of his parent club, with Santo revealing that he and Joao Pereira will be leaving the Mestalla in January.

He told a press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Sevilla, with his comments reported by AS: “We’ve had time to analyse the decisions we’ve made. We’ve let two players leave in Robert, who wanted more minutes [and joined Granada], and Carles Gil, whom we received an offer for [from Aston Villa].

“We introduced Enzo [Perez to the team] and decided that two players from the B team [Tropi and Salva Ruiz] will permanently train with the first team. We’ve also decided to let two more players leave. One [Pereira] is a player who technically isn’t ours anymore, but we have nothing against his professionalism. In the face of the second round [of the season], those who are with us are whom I believe can provide us with many things.

“The other is a natural departure in Bruno [Zuculini], who will seek what’s best for his career. He belongs to another club, and Manchester City must decide where he goes.”

Zuculini linked up with City in 2014, having graduated through the youth ranks at Racing Club.

He figured in a Community Shield defeat to Arsenal before the Premier League season got underway, but was moved on before figuring in the English top-flight.

He is an Argentina U20 international and is held in high regard at the Etihad Stadium as a midfielder with a keen eye for goal.

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