Spanish striker Michu watched his career take another problematic twist as the Swansea hitman, who had scored an impressive 28 goals in 67 appearances for the Welsh side, had his contract terminated by the Premier League club.
The 29-year-old arrived at Swansea from Spanish side Rayo Vallecano for £2 million and boasted a record of almost a goal every other game before joining the Premier League outfit.
His time at Swansea was just as successful as his previous club, with the hitman managing 18 goals in his first season and provoking Vicente Del Bosque to invite the Spaniard to train with the national team in the hope his form could get him a call-up.
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Michu went on to win the Fans' Player of the Year for the Swans and subsequently the team's Player of the Year as he helped Swansea acquire the League Cup for the first time in their history.
Failing to produce the goals in his second season in the Premier League, Michu could not emulate his astronomical form, managing a humble six goals in 22 appearances.
Second season syndrome hit Michu hard, and although question marks were raised when the board decided to send their best striker on loan to Napoli, his failure to recapture his early form followed him to Italy.
He failed to make a breakthrough or even get on the score sheet during his brief spell in Naples.
Rumours of retirement circulated for the forgotten man, as a poor season in Italy left many feeling the one-time sure-fire hitman - who had all the makings of a powerful Premier League goalscorer - was finished.
Where Michu will end up next is unclear, however, the rumours of retirement could seem all the more feasible now.
The fact Swansea, a side reliant on one, ageing striker, are willing to let a forward go at a pivotal point in the season only shows the lack of confidence and trust the club have in what was once a deadly Premier League striker.
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