Ex Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel quits Atalanta just weeks after signing without playing a single game for Serie A club.
The 34-year-old was a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce in the summer and signed a one-year deal with the club on August 9.
However, in a swift twist, Tuttomercatoweb, La Gazzetta Dello Sport and more all claim Skrtel has annulled his contract with the Orobici by mutual consent.
Club references to physical difficulties dealing with Gasp’s tough training regime, while the player’s entourage insists it’s a tactical concern with the Trainer.
Atalanta was drawn in a Champions League group with Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb.
The 34-year-old Slovakia international has represented Zenit, Liverpool and Fenerbahce before this slight Serie A adventure.
During his eight-year spell at the Premier League before moving to Turkey, he made 242 competitive appearances for Liverpool contributing 16 goals and 5 assists.
On 14 July 2016, Turkish Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe announced that Škrtel had signed for the club, for a reported fee of £5 million, he made 31 appearances for the club in his first season and scored 2 goals.
He said he doesn’t want to be regarded as a backup option, guess that’s the same issue with Atalanta.
Mithat Halis is quoted by AS as saying: “Barcelona wanted to sign him and were insisting on him because they needed a central defender that was a reliable alternative, but the player didn’t agree because he did not want to be a substitute for [Gerard] Pique and [Samuel] Umtiti.”