Date published: Wednesday 5th August 2020 11:57
Swansea City have confirmed the departure of Dutch defender Mike van der Hoorn following the end of his contract.
The 27-year-old leaves the club having spent four years with the Swans. He joined from Ajax in 2016 for €2.5m.
Swansea also said they are in ongoing discussions with winger Wayne Routledge and defender Kyle Naughton regarding their futures.
Former skipper Van der Hoorn, who made 125 appearances and scored six goals for the Welsh outfit, told the club’s website: “Swansea will always be a special place for me.
“I came here and it was the first time I had not been at home, that I had been abroad, in my career.
“My son was born here. It will always be a special place for our family and I will come back. I will want to show my son where he was born, and we have made a lot of friends here.
“We will try and come and visit the games, we will see what the future holds. I cannot believe these four years have happened so quickly.”
Van Der Hoorn was made captain by then boss Graham Potter in 2018/19 before the armband passed on to current skipper Matt Grimes under Steve Cooper.
Ayew’s rave review of Rhian
Another man Swansea will have to prepare for life without, is Liverpool loanee Rhian Brewster.
The 20-year-old arrived at the Liberty Stadium in January and played a huge role in Swansea’s surge into the play-offs, scoring 10 goals in 20 appearances.
Brewster’s team mate Andre Ayew has sung his praises ahead of his return to Liverpool.
“Rhian has everything to play for,” Ayew told Swansea’s official website. “He has goals, he has speed, and he has power.
“He is still young, and he has a few things to learn and improve on, but when we are talking about a pure finisher and talent in front of the goal, he has it all.
“He has everything a striker needs to get, and that is very important.”S