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Confirmed: Midfielder Released

Cabral has left Sunderland by mutual consent.

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Sunderland have confirmed that Cabral has left the club by mutual consent after only 18-months at the club.

Cabral signed for the club on a free transfer in July 2013 after a six year spell at Swiss side Basle. The midfielder started his Sunderland career well as he impressed in pre-season, notably scoring against Tottenham in the Barclays Asia Trophy, and then again in the 1-0 home defeat by Fulham in the first game of the 2013-14 season.

Surprisingly dropped by Paolo Di Canio for the following game against Southampton, Cabral would not feature again until the Capital One Cup tie against the MK Dons but would not play another league game for Sunderland, with only occasional sightings of the player as an unused substitute or rare appearances for the development squad to his name for the remainder of his Sunderland career.

The 26-year-old had a loan spell at Genoa last season but again struggled to make an impact, featuring in only seven of a possible 19 games for the Serie A club.

Cabral's departure means only Vito Mannone, Emanuele Giaccherini and Duncan Watmore remain at the club from Roberto De Fanti's spell as Director of Football, although El-Hadji Ba, Valentin Roberge and Mavris may return to the club at the conclusion of their current loan deals.