Nigel Pearson has revealed that Hungarian international midfielder Adam Nagy has asked to leave Bristol City. Nagy wasn’t included in the Robins matchday squad against Blackpool, as the Robins drew 1-1, but was at Ashton Gate and was spotted after the game by the players’ entrance in club tracksuit. When asked as to whether the decision to leave him out was related to injury or a tactical decision, Pearson said : “Adam Nagy is fine.” The City manager then added: “But he has expressed a wish to leave and it’s more important to play players that want to be here.” Pearson said Nagy had expressed his desire to leave “privately” and confirmed the club are yet to receive any bids for the former Bologna midfielder who’s under contract until next summer.
Nagy, who experienced a fine Euro 2020 with Hungary, has endured a strange two seasons as a City player. After being signed on transfer deadline day in August 2019, he scored on his Championship debut against QPR. However, the 26-year-old also sustained an ankle injury which kept him out for much of the first half of the 2019/20 season, further complicated by his time away with the national team. Nagy, whose partner gave birth to a son on the eve of Euro 2020, also experienced difficulty in settling in Bristol and last summer was effectively available for transfer but the club didn’t receive any acceptable bids. He made 31 appearances under Dean Holden and Pearson and did play consistently through pre-season after rejoining the squad but appears to have played his last game for the Robins.
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With City loaded in central midfield, as Pearson has signed Andy King and Matty James to join Han-Noah Massengo, Joe Williams and Tyreeq Bakinson as holding players, it’s an area of the field which could be reduced. Pearson has admitted that players will need to be sold before there’s any chance of further reinforcements to the squad and stated on Saturday that the situation hasn’t changed in that regard. Given his performances at Euro 2020 and his reputation on the continent, Nagy does represent a saleable asset who, in theory, could be moved on for a reasonable fee. Albeit with the various complications and uncertainty of the transfer market in the wake of Covid-19.