Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray have decided to release Congolese striker Shabani Nonda on a free transfer with immediate effect. The Europa League hopefuls have confirmed Nonda's departure on their official website.
The 32-year-old attacker joined Galatasaray from Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2007. Nonda made more than 70 league appearances since his move, but had lost his spot in the starting XI under head coach Frank Rijkaard.
Galatasaray had reached their foreign player quota with the arrivals of Giovani Dos Santos, Jo and Lucas Neill and were therefore forced to part company with two players from abroad.
Rijkaard made it clear that either Harry Kewell or Nonda was to leave Galatasaray and the Dutch gaffer eventually opted to let go of Nonda. The Turkish title challengers have also released Swedish midfielder Tobias Linderoth.