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Sako to end his second spell with Palace

June 6 2019

Bakary Sako

Bakary Sako

Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako has been released by the club after the end of his short-term deal.

Sako rejoined Palace in the January window until the end of June after spending the first half of the season at West Bromwich Albion.

The Mali international failed to agree fresh terms at Selhurst Park over the summer, and after a brief stint at the Hawthorns, decided to come back to the Eagles.

The 31-year-old made four substitute appearances under Roy Hodgson as the team secured their Premier League status in 2018/19.

"All good things come to an end... After four seasons at CPFC, the time has come for me to look for a new challenge in my life," he stated on his social media.

"I want to thank again, publicly, the club and the people there for all what they did for me during this incredible journey. My teammates, my coaches, the staff... I hope that I've been as good with them that they have been with me."

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Sako first joined Palace on a free transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2015 and played 54 games overall, while he netted eight times.

He added: "Our history hasn't been easy as I've unfortunately suffered many setbacks, but for each and every time I've worn our blue and red jersey I did it with pride and happiness. I want to deeply thank you all guys, at the stadium, in the city or all over the world for supporting me and sending me always Strength & Love. I will always keep you close to my heart.

"I also want to thank West Bromwich Albion for the chance they gave me at a difficult stage of my career. I will remember."

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