Malouda among free transfers
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 15:36:00
Aberdeen have confirmed midfielder Stephen Hughes has been released from his contract 12 months early.
The former Rangers player joined the Dons from Motherwell on a two-and-a-half-year deal last January that would have kept him at the club until the summer of 2014.
But the 30-year-old is now free to discuss a move elsewhere after new Pittodrie manager Derek McInnes deemed him surplus to requirements.
An Aberdeen spokesman said: "The club can confirm that Stephen Hughes has been released from his contract with the Dons and is free to sign for another club.
"Everyone at Aberdeen wishes Stephen all the very best in his future career."
Hughes made 27 appearances for the Dons last season but is the eighth player to be culled from McInnes' group already this summer.
The former St Johnstone and Bristol City boss has already released seven out-of-contract players on top of telling Hughes and Jordon Brown to find new clubs.
Brown was handed a deal until 2015 by former manager and namesake Craig Brown last October but his successor has told the 20-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Forfar, he is also not part of his plans.
A severance agreement with the Reds youth team graduate has still to be reached but Rory Fallon, Mitch Megginson, Rob Milsom, Gary Naysmith, Isaac Osbourne, Gavin Rae - who has joined Dundee - and Dan Twardzik have all left Pittodrie after the expiration of their contracts.
McInnes has moved to bolster his squad, however, with the capture of former Celtic midfielders Willo Flood and Barry Robson.
Malouda, 32, last played for Chelsea in their 2012 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich, but has since been frozen out of the first-team picture and so saw out the remaining season of his ?80,000-a-week contract training with the club's Under-21s.
Lyon, who sold him to Chelsea for ?13million in 2007, looks the most likely destination for France international.
Defender Gallas leaves Tottenham on a free transfer after three seasons since joining from north London rivals Arsenal, and midfielder David Bentley, who spent time on loan in Russia with FK Rostov and at former side Blackburn last season, is another set to move on.
Santa Cruz, 31, was loaned out to Malaga last season, where he played under Manuel Pellegrini, who is reported to be in line to take over at Manchester City.
Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure, meanwhile, will not feature in City's future plans for their new manage, with his move to Liverpool at the end of his contract confirmed last month.
Full-back Wayne Bridge is to join Reading.
Schwarzer, who had been linked with a switch to Arsenal in the past, turned down the offer of a new deal at Fulham, and so will move on.
Arsenal announced earlier this week that Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci would all be leaving this summer, which was confirmed on the Premier League list on Friday.
Israel midfielder Yossi Benayoun and Portugal defender Paulo Ferreira have both been released by Chelsea.
Long-throw specialist Rory Delap departs Stoke along with retiring ex-England striker Michael Owen, Jermaine Pennant, Matthew Upson and Dean Whitehead.
Relegated Wigan, QPR and Reading, meanwhile, all announced the expected several free transfers as they prepare for life in the Championship.
Full free transfer list:
Nigel Oldfield Spence-Neita
Roque Santa Cruaz
Gyliano Van Velzen
Tan Ben Haim
Taylor Louis Parmenter
Gonzalo Jara Reyes
Franco Di Santo