Sporting Lisbon president offers to quit to stop players leaving club

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A number of Sporting's players were attacked by a mob at the club's training ground after a string of poor results and as such, plenty of them are set to quit the club, which should be allowed as part of their contracts.

Following so numerous club's players indicating their intention to leave, De Carvalho said: "We will resign if the athletes write a letter to Sporting saying, firstly, that if this management quits they will reverse their terminations and play for Sporting".

It's the latest in a series of freakish developments at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

The 23-year-old enjoyed an excellent campaign last season having provided 13 goals and 13 assists in all competitions to earn a place in the Portugal squad ahead of this summers World Cup finals.

Four more Sporting Lisbon players have rescinded their contracts with the troubled Portuguese club.

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GETTYSporting Lisbon president Bruno De Carvalho has spoken out after the players filed to leave

Arsenal could reportedly sign Portuguese winger Gelson Martins for free just weeks after bidding €30 million for the player (via The Telegraph). The ideal scenario for Liverpool and other admirers would be for the Portuguese Securities Market Commission to rule in their favour, thus freeing them to leave for free.

Rui Patricio, Daniel Podence, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes and Gelson Martins have also sent their resignation letters, placing Sporting Lisbon in a dire situation.

Alternatively, Sporting could concede their stars are likely to leave regardless and thus cash in for a cut-price fee, or decide to fight to retain their contracts in what could become a messy, drawn-out affair.

Patricio, Carvalho, Martins and Fernandes are all with Portugal in Russian Federation getting ready for their World Cup opener against Spain on Friday.

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