Troubled hitman Paulo Rangel has returned to Brazil after his Terengganu contract was terminated by mutual agreement on Thursday.
The Turtles announced the decision after talks with the Brazilian at Terengganu Football Association’s offices in Kuala Terengganu.
Speculation was rife that the 30-year-old was pushing for an exit after being handed a three-month ban by the Football Association of Malaysia in June for violent conduct.
He reportedly tried to get out of his contract in June but the club had vetoed the move after the two parties failed to reach an agreement with the club on compensation terms.
Rangel returned to action in October but sources at the club claim the former Perak and Selangor striker has been sulking.
“Initially he claimed he had problems back home and needed to return. But we saw his Instagram pictures and knew it was not true,” said a club insider, who did not wish to be named.
“He often seemed like he did not want to train, saying he was injured and such. Parting ways was the best thing to do.”
Rangel arrived in Malaysia in 2013, signing on loan with Perak from Muang Thong United.
He signed for Selangor last year and finished as Malaysian Super League (MSL) top scorer with 16 goals.
The striker became unsettled during the Malaysia Cup campaign and subsequently signed for Terengganu ahead of the 2015 season.comments