• Contract terminated ... Sydney FC fullback Fabio has left the club (Getty)
Sydney FC has parted company with left-back Fabio with another Brazilian, Adelaide United stalwart Cassio, heavily linked with a move to the harbour city club.
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SBS: Philip Micallef

22 Apr 2013 - 10:13 AM  UPDATED 22 Apr 2013 - 2:07 PM

The two-time champion mutually terminated the contract of left-back Fabio who could be replaced by Adelaide United's Cassio at the start of next season.

Still smarting from their failure to reach the A-League finals, the Sky Blues have started the process of reconstructing the team.

Fabio, who signed a two-year contract with Sydney in 2012, was told by the club that it could not guarantee him a first-team spot next season and the player has agreed to have his contract terminated.

"Fabio wishes to thank Sydney FC for giving him the opportunity but since he would like to play regularly he took up the option of leaving the club a year before his contract expires," the player's agent Milton Da Rocha said.

"Fabio loves Australia and he has started the process of acquiring citizenship.

"He has asked me to find him another club."

Adelaide fullback Cassio, who became an Australian citizen last September, said he would not discount the possibility of joining the Sky Blues.

"I am under contract with Adelaide so I can't really talk much about this but I know (chief executive) Tony Pignata very well and I have a very good relationship because I always liked his work ever since he was with Wellington Phoenix," Cassio said.

"It would be good for both of us if we were to work together.

"Sydney showed interest in me two years ago but there is nothing at the moment however in football you can never tell what's around the corner.

"I have told Adelaide that my priority is to stay and take up the next two years of my contract but I also asked them to let me know as soon as possible what their plans are for me so I can talk to other clubs.

"The way things are going in Adelaide is not really good."

Sydney later issued a statement thanking Fabio for his services.

'I’d like to thank Fabio for his service to Sydney FC during the last 12 months," coach Frank Farina said.

'We are looking to change things going forward and we couldn’t guarantee Fabio the regular first-team football he requires.

'On behalf of the club, I’d like to wish him all the best for the future."