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Shola Ameobi leaves Newcastle after 14 seasons

Updated: Friday, 23 May 2014 16:39 | Comments

Shola Ameobi said that he hoped to return to Newcastle at some point in the future
Shola Ameobi said that he hoped to return to Newcastle at some point in the future

Newcastle have announced that Shola Ameobi, whose contract expired, has left the club after 14 seasons.

Ameobi was one of nine players to leave the club at the end of their contracts.

Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong, both of whom were on loan at Newcastle, will return to their respective parent clubs Queens Park Rangers and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Midfielders Dan Gosling and Conroy Newton were not offered new contracts and have since agreed to join Bournemouth and Rotherham United, respectively.

Michael Richardson, Steven Logan, Brandon Miele and Jonathan Mitchell have also been released.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew thanked all the players, and said he had to make “special mention” of Ameobi.

"Such loyalty and commitment in the modern game is rare and Shola was not just a great player on the pitch but a key figure off it too,” Pardew said.

"He is a leader of men, a great role model for our younger players and I wish him well for the remainder of his career."

Ameobi said that he hoped to come back to Newcastle at some point to help “repay some of the faith and loyalty that everybody connected to the club has shown me during my time here”.

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