Following what can only be described as a sterling Sunderland career - consisting of zero appearances, zero clean sheets and zero defeats - Portuguese stopper Mika Domingues has left Sunderland by mutual consent.
The goalkeeper’s deal was due to expire at the end of June, but the decision has instead been taken to allow him to leave six months early.
The former Portugal U21 international signed in the summer of 2016 for a fee believed to be around £1.8m - on the final day of the transfer window - in a rather controversial fashion after the deal wasn’t ratified by the authorities, something which was later resolved outside of the transfer window by FIFA in order to allow Mika to join up with David Moyes’ squad.
Huge breaking news from Sunderland this afternoon... goalkeeper “Mika” Domingues has left the club by mutual consent, after zero appearances for the club— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 12, 2018
Prior to signing for Sunderland, Mika was a regular for Primeira Liga side Boavista and arrived on Wearside as backup for to Vito Mannone and Jordan Pickford. He was signed rather frantically after we had spent the entirety of Deadline Day attempt to sign anyone - literally, anyone - in order to swell our ranks before the transfer window slammed shut.
Despite appearing on the bench on numerous occasions, Mika was never called upon to play for the first team during his stay on Wearside, only ever appearing in friendlies, for our U23s side and in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Having reached a mutual agreement with the club, Mika leaves having had his contract cancelled and will now be free to speak to other teams, presumably in his homeland, as he bids to get back to playing regular first team football.
Quite what this means for that third goalkeeper slot remains to be seen - I’d imagine that we’ll simply allow one of the youngsters in our ranks to step in and fill the void in his place, and with his wages off the books it will further aid Chris Coleman as he bids to strengthen his squad over the coming weeks.
Farewell, sweet Prince. We hardly knew yi.