Newcastle United have confirmed that Yoshinori Muto has left the club by “mutual consent.”
The club have announced that the player has come to an agreement with NUFC to end his contract early, allowing him to join a new club on a free transfer after being paid off.
The lack of transfer fee will do little for Bruce’s limited budget, however his exit will free up significant space on the wage bill, with the Japanese international earning a reported £54,000 per week.
He is now expected to complete a move back to his homeland, with Sky Sports reporting yesterday that there was an agreement in place for him to sign for J1 League side Vissel Kobe.
Here’s the official statement via nufc.co.uk this afternoon:
‘Japan international forward Yoshinori Muto has left Newcastle United by mutual consent.
The club and player have come to an agreement on the final year of his contract, with the 29-year-old making ten starts in all competitions following his 2018 move from Mainz 05.
He has made a further 18 appearances from the bench and has scored twice – the first on his first start, away at Manchester United, and the other against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.
Muto spent last season on loan with Eibar in Spain’s La Liga. Everybody at Newcastle United thanks him for his efforts at St. James’ Park and wishes him well for the future.’
The fact we won’t receive a penny from his next club is frustrating when he set us back almost £10m back in 2018, however it is yet another fringe man who had no future at the club off the books.
He joins the likes of Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu, Achraf Lazaar,, Rolando Aarons, Henri Saivet and DeAndre Yedlin is exiting the club over the past year, meaning there must now be some room to manoeuvre as far as our wage bill is concerned.
Good luck, Yoshi!