Paulo Otavio will not be adding to his total of 77 appearances for VfL Wolfsburg, as the club has announced that it will not be renewing his contract, which runs out at the end of the season. The Brazilian, who is currently out of action with an ankle injury, will therefore be leaving the Wolves at the end of June after four years in green and white.
“We had a very open and honest discussion with Paulo and in the conversations we had with him, we unfortunately weren’t able to reach an agreement,” said VfL managing director Marcel Schäfer. “We would like to thank Paulo for the successful time that we had together and wish him and his family nothing but the best. First and foremost, we hope that he’ll soon be able to recover from his serious injury.”
After moving from FC Ingolstadt in 2019, Otavio played 60 times in the Bundesliga for the Wolves, recording nine assists during that time. The 28-year-old also made four appearances in each of the Champions League and the Europa League (scoring one goal), three in Europa League qualifying and six in the DFB Cup.
“Despite the serious injuries I’ve had, my time in Wolfsburg has been a very good one and it really wasn’t easy to come to this decision,” said Otavio, for whom the season came to a premature end after the injury he suffered in the match against Leverkusen. “I’ve chosen to go down a new path in my career, though. VfL gave me the opportunity to establish myself at the highest level in the Bundesliga. I would like to thank the management for the trust that they showed in me and wish the club every success for the future.”