Salomon Kalou, Louis Saha, Danny Murphy released by clubs

Salomon Kalou
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Louis Saha, Salomon Kalou and Danny Murphy are just a few of the players to be released by their clubs. Sports Mole rounds up the big names here.

A host of Premier League players have been released by their clubs after the summer transfer window officially opened this morning.

The release list includes some stalwarts of the league, some of whom were expected to leave but some of whom have come as a surprise.

The likes of Didier Drogba, Michael Owen and Emile Heskey have graced the league with their presence and goals for a number of years but their clubs have decided not to renew their contracts.

In addition to getting rid of Drogba, Chelsea will also say goodbye to fellow Champions League winners Salomon Kalou and Jose Bosingwa.

Tottenham Hotspur, meanwhile, have chosen not to renew the contracts of Louis Saha and Ryan Nelson, with the long-serving Ledley King also included on the list, although he is expected to remain at the club in some capacity.

Fulham have included January signing Pavel Pogrebnyak on the release list, although the Russian striker is expected to make a decision on his future this week. The Cottagers have also decided not to keep Danny Murphy or Andrew Johnson on the books for another season.

Newly-relegated Bolton Wanderers have released the most players, with long-serving goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen one of 12 players not to have their contracts renewed.

Sunderland's £9m goalkeeper Craig Gordon has also been let go, while both Manchester clubs have released players too. For United, Thomas Kuszczak has followed Owen out of Old Trafford, while City have said goodbye to Owen Hargreaves and manager Roberto Mancini's son Andreas.

West Bromwich Albion have released Paul Scharner, while Queens Park Rangers will bid farewell to Clint Hill and Wigan Athletic will do the same to Hugo Rodallega.

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1Chelsea14111232112134
2Arsenal1494133141931
3Liverpool1493235181730
4Manchester CityMan City1493230151530
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs1476124101427
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd145631916321
7West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom145542017320
8Everton145541716120
9Stoke CityStoke145451619-319
10Bournemouth145361922-318
11Watford145361824-618
12Southampton144551315-217
13Middlesbrough143651315-215
14Crystal Palace144282426-214
15Burnley144281223-1114
16Leicester CityLeicester143471724-713
17West Ham UnitedWest Ham143381529-1412
18Sunderland143291424-1011
19Hull City143291129-1811
20Swansea CitySwansea142391631-159