Steve McManaman looks set to move clubs once again without anyone needing to pay a transfer fee for him.
McManaman left Liverpool for Real Madrid as one of the first high-profile players to move on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling. He stayed at Madrid for the full length of his contract, winning two European Cup medals, despite many occasions when he was linked with being sold.
He was a free transfer when he moved from Real to Manchester City, and is now coming to the end of his contract there.
City’s new manager, Liverpool-hating Stuart Pearce, said they’ll not be offering the 33-year-old a new deal:
"I had a quick chat with Steve as the season ended and he is basically going away on holiday for a break from football. He will decide then where his future lies from there really … But it is not here."
Pearce was speaking to City’s website.