An update on the future of Joao Carvalho has been provided by AS journalist Nico Garcia during an interview with the Nottingham Post, with the player’s long term future at Nottingham Forest still pretty unclear at present.
Forest’s record signing was shipped out on loan to Spanish second division side UD Almeria by former Reds boss Sabri Lamouchi but has since struggled to retain any consistency in his form since making the move to the continent.
The Spaniards are said to hold an option to make the deal permanent, however this appears unlikely given the fact that he only has three assists to his name at present in what has been an underwhelming temporary spell.
Speaking about Carvalho’s situation at Almeria, Gracia had this to say on the 24-year-old:
“Next season’s squad will depend on whether they finally get promotion to the First Division or not.
“If Carvalho does not improve the level of him shown in recent weeks, Almería will not exercise the purchase option.
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“If he shows the level he did in December and January, they may be looking to reach a new agreement, perhaps another transfer, as happened with Fran Villalba.”
The playmaker currently has two years remaining on his contract at the City Ground but it is as yet unclear as to what Chris Hughton’s plans are for the Portuguese midfielder in the months ahead.
For one reason or another things simply haven’t worked out for Carvalho since arriving in England and his woeful form in Spain only adds to the angst about the whole saga.
Hughton will inevitably have his own transfer plans in mind this summer, with the manager having inherited a squad full of players he didn’t personally sign and as a result the playmaker could be one of the ones that is sold on.
Almeria may not be keen on the 24-year-old but there are bound to be other suitors out there that would be willing to take a punt on a player who has obvious talent but just lacks consistency.
If he does indeed depart the club, the Reds will be looking to recoup as much of the record fee they paid for him as possible.