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West Bromwich Albion choose to release Robert Koren

Robert Koren
Koren scored eight times as Albion won promotion this season

West Brom have released midfielder Robert Koren after choosing not to take up an option to extend his contract by 12 months.

The 29-year-old, who is set to captain Slovenia at the World Cup, joined Albion from Norwegian club Lillestrom on a free transfer in January 2007.

He scored 22 goals in 149 appearances for the Baggies, helping them win promotion to the Premier League twice.

Albion said their depth in midfield was partly behind the decision.

Their options already include player-of-the-year Graham Dorrans, Youssouf Mulumbu, Chris Brunt, James Morrison, Jerome Thomas, Giles Barnes and Gonzalo Jara, while Borja Valero could return to The Hawthorns following his season-long loan at Real Mallorca.

Sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth told the club website: "Robert has been a great servant to the club and we would like to thank him for all his efforts.

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"He scored some important goals for us and has been very professional in everything he has done.

"However, on our return to the Premier League we have to try and get the balance of the squad right and we feel we are best served concentrating our available resources into other areas of the squad.

"We also have to be aware of the new Premier League rules regarding the number of home-grown players that must be included in the squad."

Manager Roberto Di Matteo added: "I would like to thank Robert for his contribution and professionalism and wish him well for the World Cup and the future."



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