Melbourne City midfielder Javier Cabrera has left the club after just six months in Australia.

The 28-year-old on Sunday mutually agreed to terminate his contract with the club in order to return to South America, with a move to Argentina’s Athletic Union Santa Fe expected to be concluded in the coming days.

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Cabrera made nine A-League appearances with one goal and four assists, plus four FFA Cup games where he notched one goal and one assist.

That’s a total of seven goal involvements from 13 matches – a very reasonable return for the winger.

City coach Erick Mombaerts said he could replace the club’s leading assist-maker and chance-creator with a like-for-like player.

“I’m disappointed, I can’t answer too much on this question,” Mombaerts said. “It is one option.

“It is one option to substitute Javi [Cabrera] because we want to find a similar player.

“It is one option but we also have some other option.”

That option appears to be Marco Rojas, the former Melbourne Victory star who was named the league’s best player in 2013 as the winner of the Johnny Warren Medal.


Now 28 and out of contract following a stint in Denmark, Rojas has been strongly linked with a return to Australia.

City appeared to hint at a deal for Rojas on Twitter on Sunday.

After a fan asked “Do we have a replacement lined up?” for Cabrera, Melbourne City responded “Stay tuned for more news this week.”