It looks like Alexandru Mitriță will never play for New York City FC again.
According to Sport.ro, the website for Romanian TV network Pro Arena, the 27-year-old winger has been loaned to Saudi club Al-Raed FC. Marius Șumudică was named manager of Al-Raed on June 30, and the Romanian reportedly prioritized signing Mitriță, a former Romanian international.
“I generally trust the players I work with, in the Romanian players, and I am firmly convinced that Mitriță will be one of the best players in the championship” league, said Șumudică according to Sport.ro. The publication described the deal as “99% done.”
Romanian sports news site Antena Sport also reported that Mitriță will play for Al-Raed.
The report hasn’t been officially confirmed by NYCFC or Al-Raed.
This news comes on the heels of a report earlier this month that Mitriță wanted to return to NYCFC, which signed him to a Designated Player contract in 2019, after his loan to Greek side PAOK expired in June, according to Romanian publication Digi Sport.
That wasn't going to happen: There were whispers that he was a divisive and unpopular figure in the NYCFC clubhouse. Mitriță fell out of favor under former head coach Ronny Deila and was loaned to Al-Ahli Saudi FC in Saudi Arabia at the end of the 2020 season. He was then loaned to PAOK, where the winger scored once in 24 appearances.
Mitriță îs still registered as a DP with NYCFC, but if he is loaned to another organization he will not count against one of the club’s three spots. NYCFC currently have two active DPs, Talles Magno and Thiago Martins.