Andreu and Alberto Aguilar stall on new Western Sydney Wanderers contracts

Off contract: Alberto Aguilar. Photo: Dallas KilponenWestern Sydney are still no closer to securing the futures of Spanish pair Alberto Aguilar and Andreu Mayoral despite offering the two players bumper contract extensions to remain with the title challengers.

After re-signing Dimas Delgado, the Wanderers turned their attention to extended the deals of the two remaining Spaniards who helped evolve the club’s style of play to one of the most attractive in the A-League. Central midfielder Andreu, and classy defender, Aguilar, flourished into the pillars of coach Tony Popovic’s new possession-based style and are set to be rewarded with significantly improved deals.

Having both arrived from the cash-strapped Spanish Segunda Division, the two signed for Western Sydney at comparatively lower prices than many visa-players at rival A-League clubs.  However, having made a greater impact than many other foreigners, The Wanderers are eager to keep the 31-year-old defender and the 32-year-old Andreu beyond the end of the season and according to sources close to the club, offered significantly improved deals worth more than $200,000.

The two players have been integral features in the new-look side that could lift the Premiers’ Plate on Sunday with a win over Wellington Phoenix and other results going their way, but there’s no guarantee they will remain with the club beyond the finals. Despite the improved offer, Fairfax Media understands both players are yet to accept the new deals and have stalled further negotiations.

Meanwhile, Sydney FC striker Matt Simon is itching to extend his stay with the Sky Blues but is similarly yet to enter contract talks with the club. The experienced forward joined the club at the start of the season and has slowly emerged as somewhat of a fan favourite, earning a standing ovation from supporters when substituted in the second half of their 1-0 win over Pohang Steelers on Tuesday. He didn’t hit the back of the net that match but his frantic style of play endeared him to fans this season, and he hopes it’s been enough to have the same effect on the club’s hierarchy.

“Of course. Sydney last year gave me the opportunity to continue my career in the A-League and I loved every minute of it. I can’t speak highly enough of the club and everyone who works behind the scenes have given me the opportunity and they look after their players so well. It’s such a huge club and I have loved every second of it,” Simon said. 

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