Picture: Benoit Assou-Ekotto takes jab at Tottenham Hotspur after release

Tottenham Hotspur took his release from Tottenham Hotspur in his stride.

Tottenham Hotspur announced late on deadline day that they had terminated the contract of defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

The left-back had been an outcast at the club in recent months, unwanted and not permitted 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.

Upon his release, Assou-Ekotto saw the funny side, gleefully suggesting he was finally free, with a cheeky Instagram post referencing movie Braveheart.

He also changed his Twitter profile picture to convey a similar message, expressing his delight that he could finally move on with his career.

The feeling is surely mutual. Spurs sent him on loan last season to QPR and it's hard to imagine they would have stood in his way had an offer came in for him during the summer, or even this transfer window.

It's nine years since he joined the club, and having outstayed his welcome after making 150 appearances, he certainly appears happy to have the chance to begin a new chapter in his career upon his own terms.

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