Manninger's contract cancelled
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
ESPANYOL have cancelled Alex Manninger's contract with the Austrian goalkeeper poised to return to Arsenal.
Manninger's inability to settle in Spain, and Espanyol coach Juande Ramos's ambivalence towards the shot-stopper, has prompted the decisive action.
The 25-year-old only arrived at Montjuic earlier in the summer after failing to cut the mustard at Highbury but he never played a competitive match for Espanyol.
He spent last season on loan at Fiorentina and now faces a race against time to fix himself up with a new club before the transfer deadline next week.
Espanyol are still believed to be in dispute with Arsenal, who they claim have not officially registered the transfer.
On that basis, the Spanish outfit are adamant they can dispatch Manninger back to Highbury, although the keeper has no future in North London.
Manninger was bitterly disappointed with the rescinding of his contract and will return to England to contemplate his future.
"I consider myself able to dispute this with the league," Manninger told planetfootball.com, "but they have not given me the opportunity.
"Personally, I do not believe that it has been done so badly in the pre-season, worse it seems that the coach did not trust me.
"I am a professional football player and I want to play."
The departure of Manninger has enabled Espanyol to snap up Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Sergio on a season-long loan deal.