Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has paid tribute to Abdoulaye Faye after the veteran defender was released by the Potters.
The 33-year-old will follow Ibrahima Sonko and Eidur Gudjohnsen out of the Britannia Stadium, but Pulis reserved special praise for Faye, who served Stoke valiantly for three years.
"Abdy's contribution to getting the club where it is today should never be under-estimated," the Stoke boss told the club's official website.
"He loved playing for this football club and the supporters loved him, so in many respects it is sad to see him move on.
"But we are moving forward as a club and unfortunately there are times when you have to make tough decisions that allow you to bring in the new faces which can improve the squad, and this is obviously one of them."
Pulis added: "We would like to thank Abdy, and both Ibrahima and Eidur for their contribution during their time here with us and wish them all the very best for the future."
The release of thee players makes way for some summer acquisitions, with Stoke reportedly tracking West Ham striker Carlton Cole and Blackpool captain Charlie Adam.
However, Potters chairman Peter Coates have denied the club are after either Cole or Adam, after suggestions they had made a bid for the former.
"Those reports are unfounded and it is not the case whatsoever," Coates told BBC Radio Stoke. "We've not made a single bid in any way, shape or form."
"I don't think the manager is interested in him," he added when questioned about Adam. "He's not mentioned him to me so I assume he's not interested in him."
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