West Ham United have confirmed the departure of defensive duo James Collins and Patrice Evra.
Their departure was made known to the public on Thursday morning.
The club’s co-owner David Sullivan had earlier denied earlier reports that cult hero James Collins would be released by the club but the emergence of Chilean Manuel Pellegrini as manager has prompted his release.
The Hammers fans wanted the Welshman to stay at the club but he departs after scoring six goals in 214 appearances over two spells.
Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold while confirming his release said: “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks for the outstanding service James has given West Ham United down the years.
“His bravery and commitment on the pitch were never called into question and he has played his part in establishing the Club in the Premier League since his return in 2012.
“We appreciate just how popular James is among our fellow supporters but, with the appointment of a new manager, we felt together that the time was right to go our separate ways.
“It goes without saying that we wish James and his family every success in the future and they will always be welcome at London Stadium.” they added.
The situation of former Manchester United defender Evra is more straightforward as he will leave the club upon the expiration of his contract on June 30.
The 37-year-old Frenchman signed a short-term deal in February and went on to play five times for the club.
Patrice Evra had started last season at French giants Olympique Marseille before he was released from his contract after an altercation with a fan.