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Novillo leaves A-League's City for Turkey

  • Novillo leaves A-League's City for Turkey

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Harry Novillo of City FC beats goalkeeper Glen Moss of the Phoenix to score the first goal during the round 25 A-League match between Melbourne City FC and the Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park on March 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Harry Novillo has left Melbourne City to play in Turkey's second division.

The French winger has signed a two-year deal with Manisaspor, putting an end to his A-League stint.

City were reportedly paid more than $500,000 for the transfer, given he had a year remaining on his contract.

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Novillo was brought in to coach John van `t Schip's set-up in March last year as an injury replacement for veteran Damien Duff.

He scored 10 goals and contributed six assists last season to help steer City to the semi-finals, however the 24-year-old's status as a fan favourite was damaged by off-field issues early this year.

Novillo was stood down for a fortnight in February after being detained by police following a domestic dispute with his partner.

Though he wasn't charged, it's understood City were eager to let the Lyon youth academy product go.

"I believe I can take my career in a different direction at Manisaspor," Novillo told the club's website.

"The president wants to see me here too, and all the good references I have received about Manisaspor are among the reasons I chose this place."

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