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Marquee Koren departs City in A-League

  • Marquee Koren departs City in A-League

Melbourne City have cut their losses with troubled marquee Robi Koren, agreeing on a severance deal for him to leave the A-League club.

Koren, 35, appeared a square peg in a round hole in his two A-League seasons with City, failing to win over the fans or a regular place in John van 't Schip's team.

As the first international signing under the ownership of City Football Group, Koren was a victim of increased expectations.

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The midfielder, who endured several injuries during his time in Australia, showed his technical ability but was not able to make a telling contribution to City's on-field fortunes.

The emergence of Aaron Mooy in Koren's preferred No.10 role further sidelined the Slovenian, forcing the cashed-up club's hand.

The Herald Sun reports Koren has been paid out the balance of his $1 million-a-year contract, worth $400,000.

City are expected to replace Koren with a higher-profile, younger international in the next fortnight, strengthening their title hopes.

The fourth-placed club have already signed Anthony Caceres and Dean Bouzanis in this transfer window, with Central Coast's Nick Fitzgerald likely to join in coming days.

Gloveman Tando Velaphi and David Williams have departed the club to pursue opportunities overseas.

Koren's A-League record will show he played 26 games for the club, scoring four goals.

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