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EPL Newcomers Newcastle Release Sammy Ameobi, Others

EPL Newcomers Newcastle Release Sammy Ameobi, Others

 

Newly promoted Newcastle United have released Nigerian-born forward Sammy Ameobi ahead of their return to the Premier League.

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Ameobi's departure was confirmed on Newcastle's official website on Saturday.

Ameobi, 25, who broke into Newcastle's first team in 2010, was released alongside three other players Vurnon Anita, Kubo Satka and Haris Vuckic.

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A graduate of the Newcastle academy, Ameobi featured only four times under manager Rafa Benitez last season having spent the first half of the campaign on loan at League One club Bolton Wanderers.

Benitez told the club website: "I wish to give sincere thanks to all those players who we have made the difficult decision to release this summer.

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"In particular to Vurnon Anita, who has served Newcastle United magnificently over the last five years. Vurnon is an outstanding team player, always working for the team and willing to step into whatever position he was needed to fill.

"He is an excellent professional and I thank him for every contribution he has made over the years, particularly in my time as manager.

"Thanks also to Sammy Ameobi, who came back in January and made a contribution to the second half of the season. He was always so positive and did everything he could to help the team achieve success."
Ameobi's elder brother Shola, who also played for Newcastle, was in Nigeria's squad to the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

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