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Tuesday 22 May 2012

Hargreaves released by Man City

Midfielder leaves club after his short-term contract at Eastlands expires

Owen Hargreaves made four appearances for Manchester City in his time at Eastlands

Midfielder Owen Hargreaves has been released by Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City.

The 31-year-old, who has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons, joined the club on a one-year deal last summer from Manchester United.

He featured four times for City, once in the League, with his solitary goal for the club coming in the 2-0 Carling Cup victory over Birmingham City.

"We thank all our departing players for their services to the Club"
- Manchester City statement

His last match for City was as a substitute in the FA Cup defeat by Manchester United in January.

The former Bayern Munich midfielder won 42 caps for England, with his last appearance coming against the United States in 2008.  

City have also released Israel international Gai Assulin, who joined the club from Barcelona in 2010.

The 21-year-old winger did not make any senior appearances for City but was a part of the club's Elite Development Side. He also had a loan spell at Brighton this season.

Reserve-team players Ahmed Benali and Sean Tse were also not offered new contracts.

"We thank all our departing players for their services to the Club and we wish them the best of luck for the future," read a statement on Manchester City's official website.

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Key Points

  • Owen Hargreaves released by Manchester City
  • Midfielder joined the club from Manchester United last summer
  • Gai Assulin, Ahmed Benali and Sean Tse are also not offered new contracts