Tottenham Hotspur have announced that backup goalkeeper Michel Vorm is leaving the club.
The Dutchman is bringing his five-year stint in north London to an end following his move from Swansea City.
The 35-year-old will presumably be searching for a new club having not previously hinted at retirement.
Taking to Instagram, he wrote: “Just want to say thanks to everyone involved at @SpursOfficial for this amazing experience. From the kit man, medical staff, management and fans to all the players, the chairman and the press officer.
“I’ve learnt and seen a lot. I’m so proud to have been part of this club and seen it grow. There is so much more to come, the sky is the limit. Special thanks to Toni Jimenez, the goalkeeper coach thanks for everything. Been a real pleasure to work with you.”
Vorm will depart with the Spurs faithful’s blessing having filled in admirably over the years for number one Hugo Lloris.
The Frenchman has been an ever-present since joining in 2012, but Vorm – who was earning £40,000-a-week (Spotrac) has been on hand to deputise when needed.
His form was poor last season and he slipped behind Paulo Gazzaniga in the pecking order, which perhaps explains the decision to release him.
Fringe winger Georges-Kevin NKoudou and former Spurs midfielder Tom Carroll were among the first players to react to Vorm’s exit post.