Sources have revealed that Ricardo Nascimento did not end up signing a new contract with Mamelodi Sundowns when he was re-registered in January this year.
Nascimento’s hip injury during pre-season last year (2019), saw management at the Chloorkop-based club opt against registering him for the first half of the 2019/20 campaign.
This meant that with the termination (freezing) of Nascimento’s contract, a foreign quota spot opened up to sign Mauricio Affonso, while they already had Bangaly Soumahoro, Jose Ali Meza, Gaston Sirino and Emiliano Tade on the books at the time.
Once the Brazilian fully recovered in January this year, Tade ended up being the foreigner to make way for Nascimento’s re-registering.
However, despite it being revealed that Sundowns terminated the centre-back’s contract during pre-season (in line with the NSL rules) the 33-year-old did not end up signing a new deal with the Brazilians. Instead, the player is currently on a continuation of his previous deal, according to Siya sources.
Nascimento’s current contract will run until June 30, 2021 and the Brazilians will soon have to decide whether or not they plan on extending his stay further, where he could possibly end up retiring at the Chloorkop-based club.
The player is one of the very few centre-backs in the league who are 33-years-of-age and older and are still enjoying regular football.
The likes of Happy Jele (33), Robyn Johannes (33) and Clayton Daniels (35) are all still playing a key role at their respective sides in the Absa Premiership this season.
Sundowns have a few contract decisions to make before the end of the season and it remains to be seen whether an extension for Nascimento could be on the cards for the player before the end of the year.