Sources close to Sporting Braga report the club will release Fran Mérida for “technical reasons”.
The young playmaker is on loan at the Estádio Municipal and was set to stay until the end of the season, but he will now return to Atlético Madrid in January.
He no longer trains with the first team and coach Leonardo Jardim doesn’t count on the playmaker, who only featured as a substitute in a handful of games.
In his seven appearances Fran scored one goal.
Mérida joined Atlético in the summer of 2010, after his career with Arsenal never quite got off the ground. In his season with Atleti the Barcelona-trained midfielder failed to convince and he was sent on loan to Braga to see more game time.
It’s doubtful whether the Spanish youth international and born Atleti fan is counted on by Diego Simeone and Caminero, and a new loan move might be on the cards for the once highly rated youngster.