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Newcastle confirm Shola exit

Long-serving striker Shola Ameobi is among a list of players who will be released by Newcastle this summer.

The 32-year-old started his career at the Tyneside club, making his debut in September 2000, but will finally part company with the Magpies when his contract expires.

Ameobi has scored 79 goals in 397 appearances for Newcastle, including seven against Sunderland in Tyne-Wear derbies.

Manager Alan Pardew paid tribute to Ameobi's loyal service on the club's official website.

"I would like to thank each of these players for the effort, attitude and application they have put in while at the club.

"However, I have to make a special mention of Shola Ameobi, who has been an incredible servant to Newcastle United.

"Such loyalty and commitment in the modern game is rare and Shola was not just a great player on the pitch but a key figure off it too.

"He is a leader of men, a great role model for our younger players and I wish him well for the remainder of his career."

Ameobi leaves the club on good terms and thanked the fans for their backing during his lengthy stay.

"Following discussions with Newcastle United, both parties felt it was the right time for us to part company," he said.

"I've been at Newcastle United all my career and I've enjoyed every moment and always worn the famous shirt with pride. I am now looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career.

"I would like to place on record a big thank you to everyone at Newcastle United. I wish the club great success in the future and I'm sure with the team and management they have, Newcastle United will go from strength to strength.

"Finally, a big thank you to the supporters who have always been fantastic.

"I hope to come back to Newcastle United one day in some capacity to help repay some of the faith and loyalty that everybody connected to the club has shown me during my time here."

QPR striker Loic Remy and Borussia Monchengladbach forward Luuk de Jong return to their parent clubs after loan spells at St James' Park.

Midfielders Dan Gosling and Conor Newton will also depart, having agreed moves to Bournemouth and Rotherham United respectively.

Youngsters Michael Richardson, Steven Logan, Brandon Miele and Jonathan Mitchell complete the released list.