Sydney FC striker Benito Carbone has played his last game for the Hyundai A-League Champions after the two parties could not come to terms for a long term deal.
Sydney FC’s offer and Carbone’s wage demands were “poles apart” and with the striker now set to miss between 4-6 weeks with a hamstring injury a long term deal would not be beneficial from a playing perspective and would also be financially irresponsible.
Carbone injured his hamstring in Friday night’s 3-1 loss against the Central Coast Mariners and an MRI scan has shown a grade two tear, which the Sydney FC medical staff believes would have him sidelined for between 4-6 weeks.
The Italian striker also wanted to return to Italy to see his family for Christmas if he stayed for the season, a request Sydney FC was willing to meet before Friday night’s injury, meaning he would now only be available for between 5-7 regular season games if he remained with Sydney FC as the marquee player.
“We entered into negotiations with Benito’s management to keep him for the season and put to them what we thought was a very attractive offer to keep him at the club until the end of the season as our marquee player but we are miles apart,” said Sydney FC CEO George Perry.
“Even before Benito suffered the injury it was apparent we wouldn’t be able to come to financial terms but the extra time he will spend off the pitch has made it difficult to justify the deal.
“It is unfortunate that we can’t come to a deal because the coaching staff was happy with his contribution and he would have been an asset to the team but we won’t be financially irresponsible.
“Sydney FC believes in the concept of a marquee player but not at the financial peril of the club.”
Carbone played three matches for Sydney FC, scoring two goals, and will miss the final game of his four-match guest stint through the hamstring injury he picked up against the Mariners.