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Every player released by a Premier League club this summer so far

By Ben Green

Premier League players released

Published: 12:22, 6 June 2019 | Updated: 15:17, 19 June 2019

The Premier League season may have only finished last month but preparations are well-and-truly underway for the start of 2019/20.

Fans up and down the country will be expecting marquee signings and showpiece signatures this summer, but for funds to be sanctioned by the makers and shakers of all 20 league clubs, departures will need to take place.

In order to comply with financial regulations and generate spending money, managers will need to trim back their squads, getting rid of any deadwood and freeing up wages to make room for new recruits.

As such, there is an obligatory wave of players released every year – sometimes against the club’s wishes – and it usually makes for a very interesting ‘Best XI of free agents’ – this season is no exception with Mario Balotelli and Adrien Rabiot making the cut.

But what of those in the Premier League? Which players have already been released – or are set for release – by their clubs and may find themselves in precarious territory come July 1?

Arsenal

Released: Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Petr Cech (retired), Danny Welbeck, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Cohen Bramall, Charlie Gilmour, Julio Pleguezuelo

It is a summer of high-profile departures for Arsenal, with Ramsey’s free transfer to Juventus the pick of the bunch. Elsewhere Cech has closed the curtain on an illustrious playing career, while Welbeck and Lichtsteiner have been deemed surplus to requirements by Unai Emery.

Aston Villa

Released: Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Tommy Elphick, Albert Adomah, Glenn Whelan, Ritchie De Laet, Mark Bunn, Micah Richards, Ross McCormack

Hutton, Adomah and Whelan were all instrumental as the Villans reached the promised land, but with the trio all in their 30s, Dean Smith has sought to cut back the ageing legs in his squad, which also sees Jedinak, Elphick, De Laet, Bunn, McCormack and Richards sent packing.

Bournemouth

Released: Marc Pugh, Jordan Holmes, Tom Parker-Trott, Nathan Clements, James Boote

Having joined the Cherries in League One nine years ago, Pugh was a prominent member of Eddie Howe’s starting XI during their ascent to the top flight, but with Bournemouth now an established Premier League club, the seasoned winger will seek a new adventure elsewhere this summer.

Brighton

Released: Bruno (retired), David Ajiboye, Jonah Ayunga, Tyler Forbes, Dessie Hutchinson, Reece Meekums, Rian O’Sullivan, Richie Towell, Stefan Ljubicic, Ben Barclay, Billy Collings, Ben Hall, Owen Moore, Joe Tomlinson, Josh Kerr

New manager new era, and the end of one for Bruno, who has brought a close to his 20-year playing career, hanging up his boots at the age of 38.

Burnley

Released: Stephen Ward, Anders Lindegaard, Jon Walters (retired), Ntumba Massanka, Conor Mitchell, Adam Bruce, Ed Cook, Mark Howarth, James Clarke, Aiden Stone, Marley Blair, Tinashe Chakwana

Among the names to part company from Turf Moor, Ward has ended his five-year association with the Clarets, while Walters has called time on his career.

Chelsea

Released: Gary Cahill, Todd Kane, Robert Green (retired), Eduardo, Bradley Collins, Sheik Dabo, Josimar Quintero, Ruben Sammut, Kyle Scott, Martell Taylor-Crossdale, Jared Thompson

After two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, two Europa League crowns, one Champions League trophy and a League Cup medal, Cahill will leave the Blues this summer upon the expiration of his contract, while Green has officially announced his retirement from football after two decades between the sticks.

Crystal Palace

Released: Julian Speroni, Jason Puncheon, Bakary Sako, Tyler Brown, Joseph Hungbo, Ollie O’Dwyer, Pape Souare

The big one in south London is, of course, Speroni, who leaves Palace after 15 years and over 400 appearances for the club. Local lad Puncheon has also waved goodbye to Selhurst Park.

Everton

Released: Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams, Harry Charsley, Boris Mathis, Mateusz Hewelt, Shayne Lavery, Jack Kiersey, Danny Bramall, Joe Hilton, Chris Renshaw

Having pitched up from Sheffield United 12 years ago, Jagielka has announced his decision to leave Goodison Park this summer, concluding a brilliant chapter on Merseyside that saw the centre-back win the Everton Player of the Season award on two occasions.

Leicester City

Released: Danny Simpson, Shinji Okazaki

Both key components of the Foxes’ famous Premier League title win under Claudio Ranieri in 2016, Simpson and Okazaki have left the King Power Stadium for pastures new.

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Liverpool

Released: Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno, Adam Bogdan, Connor Randall, Ben Williams, Juanma, Conor Masterson, Glen McAuley, Corey Whelan

With both Sturridge and Moreno limited to sporadic appearances in Liverpool’s Champions League winning season, the Reds have decided to say farewell to the duo.

Manchester City

Released: Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht, player-manager), Aaron Nemane, Cameron Humphreys-Grant, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Charlie Oliver, Luke Brattan

Having captained City to an unprecedented domestic treble – including scoring that gobsmacking rifle of a shot against Leicester City – Kompany has packed his bags to take up a player-manager role at boyhood club Anderlecht in his homeland.

Manchester United

Released: Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, Regan Poole, Matty Willock, James Wilson, Zak Dearnley, Tom Sang, Callum Whelan, Matthew Olosunde, Tyrell Warren, DJ Buffonge, Callum Gribbin, Millen Baars, Josh Bohui, James Thompson

After five years at Old Trafford, Herrera has called time on his Man Utd career and will leave on July 1 where he is expected to join PSG, while club captain Valencia has also ended a decade long stint in the North West.

Newcastle United

Released: Mohamed Diame, Cal Roberts, Josef Yarney, Tyrique Bartlett, Juanito, Otto Huuhtanen, Stefan O’Connor, Max Allen, Thomas Cole, Sam Joyce, Deece Kasinga Madia

Having relocated to Tyneside in 2016, Diame played a crucial role to help Rafa Benitez’s Magpies climb out of the Championship and back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, but at 31 the Senegal international will bid farewell to St James’ Park.

Norwich City

Released: Ivo Pinto, Matt Jarvis, Steven Naismith, Yanic Wildschut, Bilal Kamal, Tristan Abrahams, Aaron Ekumah, Ryan Dickerson, Pierre Fonkeu, Louis McIntosh, Spencer Keller, Finlay Barnes

After three years at Carrow Road, Portuguese right-back Pinto will not be joining the club in the Premier League and has left for Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian top flight, while Jarvis and Naismith have also left the club.

Sheffield United

Released: Paul Coutts, Martin Crainie, Conor Washington, Daniel Lafferty, Caolan Lavery

Chris Wilder has wasted no time in his preparations for the new Premier League season, releasing a whole host of fringe players, though his squad is looking rather threadbare at present as disputes between the club’s owners rage on.

Southampton

Released: Steven Davis (Rangers), Jonathan Afolabi, Jamie Bradley Green, Jake Flannigan, Siphesihle Mdlalose, Ben Rowthorn

Having joined the South Coast club from Rangers in 2012, Davis will return this summer – having spent the second half of the season on loan at Ibrox – with his contract set to expire.

Tottenham

Released: Michel Vorm, Fernando Llorente, Dylan Duncan, Charlie Freeman, Tom Glover, Connor Ogilvie, Jamie Reynolds

Michel Vorm joined Spurs from Swansea City in July 2014 and made 47 appearances in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. But he will be leaving the club this summer at the end of his five-year contract.

Watford

Released: Miguel Britos, Ashley Charles, Andrew Eleftheriou, Tommie Hoban, Sam Howes, Tom Leighton, Joy Mukena, Michael Mullings, Kai Sanders, Sam Sesay, Ryan Suckling, Ben Tricker

The Hornets have confirmed the release of a number of academy graduates and young players as Javi Gracia looks to build on a sensational season at Vicarage Road.

West Ham United

Released: Samir Nasri, Andy Carroll, Adrian, Toni Martinez, Moses Makasi, Noha Sylvestre, Vashon Neufville, Josh Pask, Mason Barrett, Kevin Dalipi, Jay Mingi, Odysseas Spyridis

West Ham fans will be relieved to see the back of Carroll after an injury-plagued seven years in east London, but there will be no such feeling of alleviation for cult hero Adrian, who endeared himself to the Hammers faithful during his time at the club. Meanwhile, despite some promise, injury ended up ravaging Nasri’s short stint at the London Stadium and the club will not extend his stay.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Released: Kevin Berkoe (Oxford United), Carlos Heredia, Ben Goodliffe, Aaron Hayden, Diego Lattie, Enzo Sauvage, Michal Zyro

The U’s will be delighted to have secured the services of 17-year-old Berkoe, with the versatile full-back ending a two-year spell in the West Midlands having joined Wolves from Chelsea in 2017.