South Africa international midfielder Ayanda Patosi looks set to be available on a free transfer after parting ways with Foolad.

The 30-year-old was subject to major criticism from his club Foolad as their head coach questioned his professionalism after arriving back late to camp after the mid-season break.

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He’s not featured in each of their last five league games in the Iran top-flight, and he’s agreed to mutually terminate his contract as the club looked to register a new foreign player Roberto Torres, who left Osuasana after 15 years at the club.

Despite Patosi being one of their leading performers since his arrival three years ago from UAE Pro League outfit Baniyas, with 18 goals and 10 assists in 82 games and starring in the AFC Champions League, his fallout with Javad Nekounam has seemingly ended his time at the Iranian giants.

iDiski Times understands Nekounam issued a message to the board that he wanted Patosi replaced by then-CEO Hamid Reza Garshasbi but he was unwilling to meet the demands as he saw the South African as an important figure in the squad as one of their top earners.

However, after he was replaced in his role by Hamid Reza Radkia – the Iran legend, who was capped 151 times by his country during his playing days, got his wish and landed his former Osasuna teammate as a direct replacement.

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Patosi has previously been linked with a return to the DStv Premiership, where he turned out for Cape Town City over two separate stints, but it remains to be seen whether he will opt to return home or continue his career abroad.

Since graduating from the now-defunct African Soccer Development (ASD) Academy back in 2011, Patosi has played for Lokeren in Belgium, City, Esteghlal, Baniyas, and Foolad.


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