Muangthong United’s bid to rebuild for 2014 took another step on Tuesday after the club released four members of their foreign contingent.
Brazilians Paulo Rangel and Juninho, Bolivia international Edivaldo Rojas and South Korean striker Bang Seung-hwan will all be plying their trade elsewhere in 2014, after the Twin Qilins confirmed on their official website that they will not be retained.
Muangthong team manager and sporting director Ronnarit Suewaja revealed the decision was mainly motivated by the fact that the team had not been good enough in 2013, where they ended the year without silverware after finishing second in the Thai Premier League and failing to make an impact in both the FA Cup and League Cup.
“The club is working hard to ensure that we will have a stronger season than last season, especially with the foreign players,” he said.
“The first important point is to raise the quality of the team in order for us to win the championship.
“I have no doubt our new foreigners will be better than the ones we had this past season.”
Perhaps the most surprising name not to have been retained is that of Edivaldo, given he put in a series of impressive displays in the latter half of the campaign after returning from a loan spell at Shonan Bellmare, netting a total of five goals.
Rangel also leaves the SCG Stadium with an impressive record of 12 goals in 24 games since he moved there in 2012, although he did spent last season on loan at Perak and is said to have agreed a deal to join fellow Malaysia Super League side Selangor for next year.
Meanwhile, Juninho struggled to establish himself at Muangthong and spent the first half of last season on loan at Phuket, while Bang also failed to earn regular playing time in the first team.
Just last Monday, the Twin Qilins exodus began after it was confirmed that Thailand internationals Panupong Wongsa and Jakkapan Pornsai had signed for Suphanburi, while star striker Teerasil Dangda is currently bidding to earn a permanent move to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid.