The Nigeria international may have played his last Serie A game as he looks to continue his career in the English top flight
Super Eagles full-back Ola Aina bid farewell to his Torino teammates after their clash against Inter Milan, fueling speculation that he may have played his last game in the Italian Serie A, Soccernet.ng reports.
Aina and Torino have been in contract negotiations for an extended period, as the club expressed their desire to extend the defender’s stay in Turin.
However, both parties failed to reach an agreement, as Torino could not meet Aina’s contractual demands.
Consequently, Aina has allowed his contract to expire, making him a free agent as of July 1st.
Officially, Aina remains a Torino player until June 30th. Still, according to reports, he already bid farewell to his teammates following their last Serie A fixture against Inter Milan, which ended in a 1-0 loss for Torino last month.
Aina featured for 33 minutes in that match, bringing his total Serie A appearances for this season to 19, of which only nine were in the starting lineup.
Throughout his time in Turin, Aina made 113 appearances, scoring two goals and providing seven assists. His departure now opens the door for a potential return to England, where he has several admirers.
Aina began his career at Chelsea, where he enjoyed success with the Blues’ youth teams, winning multiple honours, including the Barclays U21 Premier League, the FA Youth Cup, and the UEFA Youth League (twice).
Furthermore, Aina made an impact in the English top flight during his loan spell at Fulham in 2020, as he won the Premier League Goal of the Month for November.
As he becomes available on a free transfer, the 26-year-old right-back is expected to attract significant interest from clubs vying to secure his services.