Swansea City have confirmed that several first-team players will leave the club when their contracts expire this summer, including captain Leroy Fer and long-serving winger Wayne Routledge.
It promises to be a summer of major change for the Welsh side, who face a battle to keep hold of manager Graham Potter, with Brighton interested in appointing him as Chris Hughton’s successor.
However, no matter who is in charge, there will be a rebuilding job after the club announced on their website that five senior players have been released.
As well as Fer and Routledge, Martin Olsson, Luciano Narsingh and Wilfried Bony will depart, although they didn’t play much of a part this season, with Bony out on loan since January and Olsson out with a serious injury.
The headline news will be Routledge’s exit, with the 34-year-old having enjoyed eight largely successful years with the Swans, that included their cup win and time in Europe.
Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Fer leaves having played 29 games as captain this season, in a campaign that was hit by injury.
It’s been clear since they were relegated that Swansea were changing their approach and many high earners would leave and the focus instead would be on the academy and younger signings.
Therefore, this is no real surprise and you would imagine that these five leaving will cut costs significantly.
Routledge will be remembered fondly by the fans and he will probably feel he could still have something to offer after a strong end to the season.
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