We can confirm that Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been released from his contract with the Club. We wish him well. pic.twitter.com/iWE2cDBu05— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 2, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur have cancelled Benoit Assou-Ekotto's contract.
The left-back has been an outcast at the club in recent months, unwanted and not invited to train with the first team.
His wages of £40,000 per week had not only been a burden on the club's finances, but The Mail reported last year his salary was preventing sides from signing him, even on a free transfer.
Once the club's first choice left-back, he was well down the pecking order behind Danny Rose, and Ben Davies, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino even preferring to play central defenders out of position rather than recall him.
He signed for Spurs back in 2006, and made more than 150 appearances for the club.
The decision is in the player's best interests, allowing him to continue his career elsewhere, and not prolonging his spell at Tottenham longer than it need be.