Benoit Assou-Ekotto given permission to leave Tottenham

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Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been told he is free to leave the club, according to the Daily Mail.

The Spurs left-back was once first chance but fell out of favour under former manager Andre Villas-Boas, who played centre back Jan Vertonghen out of position, before selecting Danny Rose ahead of Assou-Ekotto at the beginning of last season.

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Frozen out of Tottenham

The Cameroonian defender was sent out on loan to Queens Park Rangers in the Championship last season and has been frozen out of White Hart Lane this summer.

Assou-Ekotto joined from Lens in 2006 for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be around £3.5million. A bad knee injury hampered his first season, but the left-footed defender became first choice and his laid back manner, along with his penchant for flair and afro haircut made him a fans favourite.

Tottenham prepared to sell for free

However, the arrival of AVB in 2012 effectively started the end of 'Benny's' Tottenham career, and an indifferent spell at QPR under former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, coupled with a poor World Cup that ended with him headbutting a team mate, meant that not only was he deemed surplus to requirements, but has now resulted in Tottenham forgoing any transfer fee for the player's registration.

For a man like Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to willingly allow a player to leave for nothing shows how far Assou-Ekotto has fallen, and how few suitors there are.

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