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Fred Chaves Guedes Walks From Lyon
Total Pro Sports – Frederico Chaves Guedes, more sensibly referred to as Fred, has terminated his own contract and walked away from Lyon.
Fred had become disillusioned with a lack of playing time over the last season and ends his tenure at Lyon unceremoniously. After refusing to return from Brazil, Lyon retaliated with an in-house suspension before the two sides mutually came to terms on a release Thursday. The Brazillian, described as a “fraudster” by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, will join Fluminense on a 5 year deal with Lyon failing to recoup any of the 15 million Euros they paid Cruzerio in 2005.
I really don’t see any winners in this situation. Lyon looked to work a deal for the striker to ensure him playing time and shift his large wage of their books, but when Fred failed to show up for scheduled meetings with Tottenham officials this January what could they really do? With Karim Benzema a likely summer export, Lyon will look to heavily invest in forwards over the offseason since their next striking option behind Benzema and Fred is Frederic Piquionne who has managed just 1 goal in 15 appearances. As for Fred, 2 goals in 15 games of French soccer and horrific character issues make him almost untouchable for any European side. I’m sure he considers Fluminense a stepping stone back to Europe, but it won’t be into the welcoming arms of Milan or Madrid likes he hopes. In the throngs of recession the last thing teams want are high risk, unprofessional hazards like Fred.