Friday 28 October 2016

Hero Gutierrez and Taylor are released by the Toon

Newcastle have announced they are releasing Jonas Gutierrez, less than a week after he helped the club stave off relegation from the English Premier League.

The 31-year-old started the season battling his way back from testicular cancer and ended it by inspiring the Magpies to a vital 2-0 win over West Ham.

Gutierrez provided one goal and scored the other in what has proved to be his last match for the United, who have confirmed the Argentina international and defender Ryan Taylor are to leave when their contracts expire on June 30.

In a statement announcing the departures, managing director Lee Charnley said: "Ryan and Jonas have both contributed significantly to Newcastle and on behalf of the board, I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both players for the excellent service they have given.

"It was a great pleasure to see Ryan and Jonas come back into the team in recent weeks and compete at the highest level after the injury and illness battles they have had to overcome."

Taylor arrived from Wigan in 2009 and made 110 appearances for Newcastle - a figure which would have been much higher was it not for wretched luck with injuries. Gutierrez has been with United even longer, scoring 12 goals in 205 appearances after joining from Mallorca in July 2008.

The midfielder had a testicle removed two years ago but the cancer returned last year, leaving him facing chemotherapy and a long road back to good health. Gutierrez underwent chemotherapy and won his fight, eventually pulling on the black and white shirt again for the first time against Manchester United on March 4.

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