Stoke City announced on Monday that the contract of experienced attacker Ibrahim Afellay had been ‘terminated by mutual consent’.
Afellay’s deal with the Potters had been due to expire at the end of this season, but he has now been cut loose with the view to finding a new club this month.
Afellay joined Stoke on a two-year contract in 2015, having been released by Barcelona following an unsuccessful spell.
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The Dutchman made 55 appearances in all competitions for Stoke, but leaves the club without making a single appearance this term.
There is absolutely no question that the 5ft 11in ace is a talent, but injuries have really taken their toll over the last couple of seasons.
Afellay will turn 33 in April, but it is understood that he is now looking for another club rather than considering hanging up his boots.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Stoke fans can be seen below:
I could get into this. How many more contracts can we terminate before Febuary?
— Gareth (@OatcakeEater) January 28, 2019
Good Skilful Player Played Well At Walsall This Season Injury Struck., All The Best Ibrahim ,?
— Roger Barnett (@potters30) January 28, 2019
Was never going to play for us again. Cheers for the few seasons Ibi and that goal at Bournemouth away ?⚪️
— ollie (@olliewalton33) January 28, 2019
Good luck to Afellay. A great talent
— LeeG (@leeg1972) January 28, 2019
Great, another waste of money. Came with a horrendous injury record & maintained that with us. We must have got half a season from him. Talented boy when younger but don’t think we saw anywhere near his best.
— TheGasman (@alankirky1) January 28, 2019
Class baller where’s he Been rotting away in the last 2 years, good luck n the future Ibby
— COYMP⚽️❤️ (@GKbeboSCFC) January 28, 2019
First of many I hope
Great for 1 year but was never going to recover and shouldn’t have been given a contract extension
— johnsharrock7 (@johnsharrock71) January 28, 2019
Forgot he was still here
— Scott (@ScottCheadle3) January 28, 2019