NYCFC news roundup: Talles Magno and Valentín Castellanos

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Talles Magno of NYCFC
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Fifth place New York City FC is in the middle of their road trip. They recently lost to Austin FC in the first match and will seek to rebound in Chicago against Chicago Fire FC. In the meantime, the news off the pitch never stops.

A current and former player surrounds this NYCFC news roundup. Here is the latest.

NYCFC news roundup: Talles Magno and a former NYCFC player

The latest on Talles Magno

As many NYCFC fans know, Talles Magno is the one player who was thought to be on the move this summer. The talented winger, who is not a striker, has been rotting on the bench or even off the team sheet. Rumors have been swirling about a possible return to Brazil, but nothing has come to fruition.

However, Sporting Director David Lee recently had a media availability event. He told those who were there that there were no formal offers made toward the Brazilian. Lee expressed how he likes Magno and how they are willing to work with him if the right opportunity arises for both the player and the club. At the same time, Lee noted how the forward is trying to earn his minutes.

It would be nice for Nick Cushing to give him some playing time. Since the team is in the midst of a difficult road stretch, he could help them out. Alas, as fans know, there appears to be some rift between the coach and the player. At this rate, it would be better for Magno to find a new team. He did not meet his expectations, but the major reason was that he was utilized as a striker and played in a position that did not fit him.

Is Valentín Castellanos on the move again?

NYCFC legend Valentín Castellanos made the move to S.S. Lazio last summer, receiving scattered starts in his first season in Italy. He played 2,131 minutes in all competitions. In Serie A, he started 16 of his 35 games played. It did not help Ciro Immobile was ahead of him in the starting role, reducing his playing time and ultimately keeping him to six goals and five assists in all competitions.

However, rumors reported that Girona FC had an interest in bringing Castellanos back to Spain. He spent the previous season on loan with the La Liga side, where he turned into a star. Sports journalist Alfredo Pedullà reported that Lazio would only allow the Argentine to leave if an offer arrived that was too good to turn down. The club believes his second season will be better.

This is still something to pay attention to. Castellanos is one former NYCFC player where many fans will follow his career. It does not matter whether he plays in Italy or Spain, for they just want the forward to be successful.