Tolgay Arslan departs Melbourne City 

Melbourne City FC has reluctantly agreed to the mutual termination of German midfielder Tolgay Arslan’s contract. 

Arslan, who was signed through to the end of the 2024/25 season, asked for an early release, and the Club, though disappointed, agreed to his request. 

The 33-year-old joined City in June 2023 and made a significant impact, culminating in the midfielder being awarded the inaugural Scott Jamieson Medal and Players’ Player Award.  

Arslan made 34 appearances across all competitions in his debut season, scoring 19 goals and providing seven assists.  

Melbourne City FC Director of Football, Michael Petrillo, elaborated on Arslan’s departure. 

“Whilst it’s very disappointing to lose a player of Tolgay’s quality, especially after the commencement of pre-season training, sometimes there are factors out of our control. 

“He’s a player we absolutely wanted to keep, and we did everything in our power to find a way for him to stay. In my 20 years of working in football, I’ve never seen an instance where keeping a player against their will ended up being a positive thing for all involved. 

“We would like to thank Tolgay for his contribution and wish him and his family all the best in the future.” 

Tolgay Arslan acknowledged the Club for its understanding.  

“I’m disappointed to be leaving Melbourne, but I am grateful for the opportunity to have played for City and appreciate the Club’s understanding in my decision. 

“I want to thank my teammates, the coaches, the staff, and the City fans, and wish them the very best of luck for the season.”