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Former Manchester United Winger Released By Newcastle

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Referee Anthony Taylor has words with Ashley Young (r) as Gabriel Obertan looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on March 4, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Though few will remember it now, former Bordeaux and Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan was actually at one time rated as a genuine prospect.

He made his debut for the Ligue 1 side at the age of just 17, and his rise of the youth ranks at various underage levels for France certainly suggested that he would go on to represent Les Bleus at senior level.

He signed for Manchester United for £3m in the summer of 2009 (presumably in a misguided attempt to soften the blow of Cristiano Ronaldo leaving for Real Madrid), but to say that things never worked out for Obertan would be an understatement.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: Gabriel Obertan of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford on November 20, 2010 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

In two years at the club, Obertan made just four Premier League starts before ultimately being sold to Newcastle (for roughly the same fee he was bought for) two years later.

His time at St. James’s Park was not hugely successful either, with a record of just 33 starts over the course of a five year spell at the club.

His last appearance for the side came as a second half substitute in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea last September, and, as of today, the 27 year old now finds himself without a club.

Newcastle have announced that they have released both Obertan and French compatriot Sylvain Marveux from their contracts early, as neither were likely to feature for the Magpies at any point between now and the end of the season.

In a statement on the club’s website, Newcastle said:

“Newcastle United can confirm that Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux have left St. James’ Park by mutual consent.

“The contracts of the French pair were due to expire this summer, but with them almost certainly not going to feature in the Magpies’ remaining games of the 2015/16 season, a settlement was agreed earlier this week, allowing them to find new clubs.

“Everyone at Newcastle United wishes Gabriel and Sylvain the very best for the future.”

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Sylvain Marveaux of Newcastle United runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St James' Park on August 24, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Marveaux joined Newcastle at the same time as Obertan but did not fare any better at the club. Having failed to agree terms with Liverpool, Marveaux instead chose to move to the North East but his time there turned out to be something of a nightmare spell for the 30 year old.

He spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 side Guingamp, and although former Newcaslte boss Steve McClaren sporadically hinted that he was ready to give Marveaux more game time, the former French under 21 inernational has not played one second of first team football this season.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.