Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed they have terminated the contract of defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, as reported by MailOnline.
The Cameroon international hasn’t featured for Spurs since May 2013 and was particularly unimpressive in during a season long loan spell at Queens Park Rangers in the Championship last term.
New boss Mauricio Pochettino had reportedly excluded the defender from the senior squad upon arriving at the club from Southampton in the summer, and has today given the green light for the club to terminate his £40,000-a-week contract with immediate effect.
The 30-year-old signed for Spurs from French outfit Lens back in 2006 and went on to make 200 appearances in all competitions over seven seasons, scoring four goals.
Assou-Ekotto infamously sparked controversy by previously admitting he only played professional football for the money and that he couldn’t understand why players claimed they ‘played for the shirt’ and kissed the badge when they celebrated.
“Football is just a job, a means to an end,” he admitted in 2011.
“There are more important things in life than kicking a ball around. Yes, I play for the money but then doesn’t everybody who gets up in the morning and goes to work?
“It infuriates me when footballers go on about playing for the shirt. I think they should be held accountable for it when they kiss the badge and six months later clear off for a better pay day.”
And the defender also sparked controversy in last summer’s World Cup in Brazil when he head butted Cameroon teammate Benjamin Moukandjo during a 4-0 loss to Croatia.