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Could these Arsenal and Liverpool veterans be some of the summer’s free agents?


Could these Arsenal and Liverpool veterans be some of the summer’s free agents?

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Fond Farewells 

With seven players waiting on new contracts, Crystal Palace have the most men set for potential releases. Least of all are fan favourites Damien Delaney and Julian Speroni who have amassed over 500 appearances between them for Palace. Speroni in particular will be missed at Selhurst Park having represented the club for more than 10 years.

The African duo of Marouane Chamakh and newly-signed Emmanuel Adebayor also feature on the list as does Norwegian international Brede Hangeland. The list is completed by bit-part players Adrian Mariappa and Patrick McCarthy.

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The One-Club man and his Crew

That his career is defined by injury shouldn’t detract from the amazing service Tony Hibbert has done for Everton. The one club-man has been at Goodinson Park since 1990 when he was just nine years old and has loyally stayed at the club ever since. Injuries and age have caught up with him however, and it will be the end of his journey come the end of the season. Hibbert’s partner in crime, Leon Osman, will also be without a contract and at 34 it looks unlikely that he’ll be offered a new deal when it expires. Osman made his debut the season as Hibbert and barring two seasons spent out on loan, has been at the club ever since. The Blues legends are joined on the release list by another fan-favourite, Steven Pienaar. The South African international has made over 200 appearances over two stints at the club but will not be offered a new deal for the 2016-17 campaign.

Darron Gibson and Brazilian defender Felipe Mattioni are the other two players who are yet to sign new contracts with Everton.


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Final Hoorah!

Polish powerhouse Marcin Wasilewski and veteran ‘keeper Mark Schwarzer are the two Leicester players whose contracts expire at the end of the season. Schwarzer has spent the season as backup to the impressive Kasper Schmeichel while Wasilewski has made just a handful of appearances. If all goes well for the Foxes, both could be leaving the club with a Premier League winners medal to their name.

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Kolo Touré has become something of a cult hero at Liverpool since joining from Man City but as things stand, it looks unlikely that he will receive a new deal. The Ivorian’s charming personality and age-defying quality have endeared him to the Anfield faithful and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him join the coaching staff should he retire. Another colourful character, José Enrique, will also leave the club next season. The Spaniard; who has become infamous for his exploits on social media and FIFA rather than the football pitch on a Saturday, has barely featured for the Reds over the last three seasons and will be looking for a new home in the next campaign. Still only 30 years of age, Enrique still has some time to salvage his rapidly stalling career.

João Carlos Teixeira is the other player waiting on a new deal from Liverpool. The 23-year old from Portugal has featured mostly in the cup competitions for Liverpool and looks unlikely to have a future at the club beyond this season, having often been left out of the match-day squad in recent weeks even when rotation has been the order of the day.

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