Maccabi Tel Aviv and Cristian Battocchio reached an agreement for the contract termination of the midfielder by mutual consent.

The 26 year-old Argentine-born midfielder, who joined Maccabi in the summer of 2017 as a free transfer and has made 40 appearances in all competitions – mutually agreed with the club to terminate his contract. Battocchio, scored a goal in the 3-1 league victory over Maccabi Haifa on January 15th last season, one of 24 League appearances he made for Maccabi Tel Aviv. The former Italy U21 international, who wore Maccabi’s Yellow and Blue shirt 11 times in Europe and appeared in all six EUROPA League group stage matches last season, recently recovered from an injury he suffered in April 2018.

Battocchio told the club’s official website: “The club and myself have reached a mutual agreement today. I would like to express my appreciation for the trust of my fellow teammates, the club and the fans put in me. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out the way we had all hoped for. Even though my time at Maccabi was shorter than expected, I fell in love with Tel Aviv and the club and wish the club and fans all the best.”

Maccabi’s CEO, Ben Mansford, added: “Cristian has been a pleasure to have as part of the Maccabi family. Cristian was very much part of our Europa League campaign last year with his performance during the game against Altach in particular. No one will forget the way the team celebrated with him when he scored at Sammy Ofer. Unfortunately Cristian suffered a horrible injury towards the end of last season and this thwarted his progression with us. Cristian is now back towards full fitness and further to discussions with Cristian, we all felt it was best to let Cristian move on now to secure a longer term future elsewhere. I wish Cristian all the very best for the future and he will always be welcome back at Maccabi. Good luck Cristian”.