Stoke City have terminated the contract of midfielder Gianelli Imbula subject to regulatory approval, the club have confirmed via their official website.
The 27-year-old became Stoke’s record signing when he arrived from FC Porto in 2016, putting pen to paper on a five-and-a-half year deal for a reported fee of £18.3m.
But after making only 28 appearances for the Potters, the Congolese midfielder was unable to prevent Stoke from being relegated to the Championship in 2018.
Imbula hadn’t made a single appearance for Stoke since they dropped down into the second-tier, spending last season on loan with Rayo Vallecano in Spain, and with Lecce in Italy this term.
But after seeing his loan spell at Lecce be cut short yesterday, Stoke have now confirmed that they have terminated Imbula’s contract at the bet365 Stadium, after a nightmare spell in Staffordshire.
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Stoke confirmed this news in a short, 29-word statement on their website prior to kick-off this afternoon, as they prepared to host Neil Harris’ Cardiff City at the bet365.
The midfielder is reportedly awaiting international clearance to sign for Russian side Sochi, as he looks to reignite his once promising career.
This is undoubtedly the best decision for Stoke to cut ties with Imbula, as he has been nothing short of a disaster signing since joining Stoke.
Stoke’s financial problems have been well-documented in the past, with the club reportedly looking to slash its massive wage bill.
Imbula still had a few years left on his contract and he is likely to be a high-earner, so this is definitely the best move from Stoke.