Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert.

Everton release Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman

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Premier League club Everton have announced that they are releasing Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert, according to Sky Sports.

The club's hierarchy have decided not to renew the contract of the duo, whose contracts will come to an end next month.

The decision means that the Toffeemen will start the next season without three senior players, as Osman and Hibbert will join veteran midfielder Steven Pienaar in heading for the exit, as he was also informed that he wouldn't be kept on. 


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Lifetime association 

35-year-old Osman, who joined the club’s youth ranks in 1997 at the age of 16, will leave the club after spending 19 years at Goodison Park, having made more than 350 league appearances and scored 43 goals for the club.

The Wigan-born midfielder also spent two seasons on loan at Carlisle United and Derby County during 2002 to 2004.

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Long-standing heroes

Hibbert, just like Osman spent all his career at Goodison Park. 

After joining the cub’s senior team in the year 2000, the Merseyside-born right-back represented the club in more than 264 matches. Surprisingly, the 5ft 8inch defender could not manage to score a single goal for the club in 16 years of professional career.

The Toffees are in the transitional phase, as the new club shareholder pledges £100 million for the summer transfer window. Ronald Koeman, meanwhile, is replacing Roberto Martinez, who was sacked near the end of last season following a dismal run of form.

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