Long-serving Jonas Gutierrez has been released by Newcastle United – days after an inspirational final-day performance for the club.
Gutierrez scored one goal and set up another for Moussa Sissoko in last weekend’s 2-0 win over West Ham United.
You are very important to me, football wouldn’t be the same without youJONAS GUTIERREZ
The 31-year-old – who made an inspirational playing return after beating cancer – is out of contract this summer along with Ryan Taylor.
Newcastle have confirmed that the pair will not be offered new deals.
United managing director Lee Charnley said: “Ryan and Jonas have both contributed significantly to Newcastle United over a number of years.
“On behalf of the board, I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both players for the excellent service they have given the club.
“It was a great pleasure to see Ryan and Jonas come back into the team in recent weeks and compete at the highest level after the injury and illness battles they have had to overcome.
“To come through those difficult periods with such strength and dignity will have given hope and inspiration to many, and it is clear that our supporters have a deep connection and affection for both players, as does everyone associated with the club.”
Gutierrez – who has spent the last seven years at Newcastle – posted a message on Facebook to the club’s fans after the club confirmed he was being released.
He said: “Thanks to all football fans and Newcastle fans for supporting me and trust in me.
“This is a way to demonstrate I always hear you. You are very important to me, football wouldn’t be the same without you. All my effort and affection is for you!”