Melbourne City’s Hamza Sakhi leaves reigning Isuzu UTE A-League premiers

Melbourne City have announced the departure of Hamza Sakhi, just two weeks after his loan move had become permanent with the three-time reigning Isuzu UTE A-League premiers.

Sakhi – a maintain in the team – leaves City to return to Europe immediately for personal reasons following the mutual termination of his contract in Melbourne.

The Moroccan midfielder initially joined the club on a one-year loan deal from French Ligue 2 side AJ Auxerre with an option to buy, which City opted to exercise, signing him until the end of the 2024-25 season a fortnight ago.

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“Firstly, I want to thank the Club and fans for welcoming me to Melbourne. This decision was not easy, but it’s what is best for me and my family at this time,” Sakhi said.

“I am grateful for the friendships and memories made during my time in Melbourne and wish my teammates and fans all the best for the rest of the season.” 

Sakhi had started all 13 of City’s Isuzu UTE A-League fixtures this season, scoring once.

The 27-year-old also featured in all six AFC Champions League fixtures, as well as three Australia Cup contests.

“Hamza has been an exemplary member of our squad since arriving at City before the 2023-24 season, and we understand and respect his decision to prioritise family at this time,” said City’s director of football Michael Petrillo with the club due to host Adelaide United on Thursday night.

“We would like to thank Hamza for his contribution to the team and wish him all the best for the future.”