Giuseppe Rossi leaves Celta Vigo to be free agent as recovery continues
Giuseppe Rossi has become a free agent after turning down a contract offer from Celta Vigo, who he played for last season on a season-long loan from Fiorentina.
American-born Rossi scored four goals in 18 league appearances but then suffering the fourth cruciate ligament injury of his career in April, leaving him sidelined for six months.
In a statement on their official website, Celta said: "Giuseppe Rossi will not continue at RC Celta next season.
"The club wishes to thank the player for his attitude and great professionalism during his time at the club and wishes him a speedy and total recovery from his injury. Good luck, Beppe!"
Rossi, whose contract with Fiorentina expired in June, was offered the chance to stay at Celta until January 2018 but turned down the offer.
Faro de Vigo reported him as saying: "I've decided not to continue at Celta. My intention is to continue to play in Europe -- I'm still young.
"My time in Vigo was affected by my injury, but it was a good experience.
"The recovery is going well. My only focus right now is on my recovery in order to return much stronger than ever.
Rossi began his career at Manchester United and has also played for Villarreal in a career that has been blighted by injury problems.
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.