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The Austrian professional footballers’ association VdF managed to find a solution for the problems two players had with FC Red Bull Salzburg. As a consequence, the VdF will not start a legal case against the Austrian champions.


Leonardo Vitor Santiago’s contract with Red Bull Salzburg was terminated by mutual agreement on Tuesday. Leonardo, who was represented by the VdF, is very happy that a sensible solution has been reached in the end, and is looking forward to his future footballing assignments.


VdF general manager Rudi Novotny comments, ‘It’s very good that we and the club have been able to find a solution very quickly, thus avoiding a legal dispute.’


The association was also able to arrive at a settlement with Salzburg concerning Joaquin Boghossian’s future in football. He will complete his training with FC Liefering (which cooperates with Salzburg) during the autumn season, and will then have an option of transferring to another club.


Novotny: ‘It’s finally greatly to the credit of FC Red Bull Salzburg that the association has also taken an interest in the player’s sporting future.’


In September, reigning Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg decided to ban five players from training with its first team squad until they had found a new club. According to sporting director Ralf Rangnick it made no sense to have a 30-men squad. Last week, the VdF threatened to take FC Red Bull Salzburg to court in order to defend the rights of Joaquin Boghossian and Leonardo.