Free transfers? Full list of players released, retained by Premier League clubs

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With the transfer window officially opening for Premier League clubs on Wednesday, June 10, a full list of the players retained or released by all 20 PL teams from the 2014-15 season has been published.

Safe to say there are some tidy free transfers to pick up.

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Although those players on the released section can still agree to sign new deals at their current clubs up until June 30 when their contracts officially expire, the likes of Glen Johnson, Abou Diaby, Micah Richards, John Guidetti, Didier Drogba, Ron Vlaar, Sylvain Distin, Paul McShane, Brad Jones, Jonas Gutierrez, Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wes Brown, Youssouf Mulumbu and Gareth McAuley have all technically been released.

Surely a few of those players will land elsewhere in the PL this summer?

Here is the full retained and released list from the Premier League’s website, while below are the players released by each Premier League club following the end of the 2014-15 season.

Use the comments section below to let us know who could be savvy pickups on a free for your club this summer.

Arsenal

Ajayi Oluwasemilogo Adesewo
Diaby Vassiriki Abou
Jebb Jack
Lipman Austin
Miyaichi Ryo
Ormonde-Ottewill Brandon
Vickers Josh

Aston Villa

Bent Darren Ashley
Burke Graham Dylan
Crooks Alfie
Herd Christopher
Hill Craig Dennis
Lewis Bradley
Nehemie Isaac
O’Brien Daniel William
Stevens Enda
Strain Thomas James
Vlaar Ron Peter
Wildin Courtney James

Burnley

Howieson Cameron Drew Neru
Reid Steven John
Wallace Ross

Chelsea

Drogba Didier

Crystal Palace

Ameobi Foluwashola
Chambers Michael John Miles
De Silva Kyle Mattew
Dobbie Stephen
Garvan Owen William
Hangeland Brede Paulsen
Price Lewis Peter
Ramage Peter Iain
Sow Ghassimu
Thomas Jerome William

Everton

Alcaraz Antolin
Distin Sylvain
Green George William
Langton Curtis John
Lundstram John David
McLaughlin Ben Padraic

Hull City

Cracknell Joseph
Dawson Leon Stanley
Dudgeon Joseph Patrick
Figueroa Rochez Maynor Alexis
Harper Stephen Alan
Mahon John
Margetts Jonathon Gary
McCawl Eoghan Martin
McShane Paul David
Oxley Mark Thomas
Rosenior Liam James
Sagbo Latte Yannick Anister
Topliss Sam David

Leicester City

Bakayogo Zoumana
Barrington Marcel
Dawson Adam Ryan
Gallagher Paul
Kennedy Kieran
Logan Conrad Joseph
Pepe-Ngoma Herve
Rowley Louis James
Taylor-Fletcher Gary
Upson Matthew James

Liverpool

Gerrard MBE Steven George
Johnson Glen McLeod Cooper
Jones Bradley
Lussey Jordan
Pelosi Marc

Manchester City

Drury Adam John
Guidetti John Alberto
Lampard Frank James
Leigh Greg
Oduro Dominic
Richards Micah

Manchester United

Amos Benjamin Paul
Cleverley Thomas William
Evans Callum Leeroy
McConnell Ryan Peter
Thorpe Thomas Joseph

Newcastle United 

Alnwick Jak
Campbell Adam
Gutierrez Jonas Manuel
Streete Remie
Taylor Ryan Anthony

Queens Park Rangers

Andrade Bruno Miguel Carvalho
Barton Joseph
Dunne Richard Patrick
Ferdinand Rio Gavin
Gibbons Jordan Leon Chidubem
Henry Karl Levi Daniel
Lennox Aaron Keith
Murphy Brian
Sendles-White Jamie Alexander
Wright-Phillips Shaun Cameron
Zamora Robert Lester

Southampton

Boruc Artur
Cropper Cody Joseph
Hooiveld Jos
Johns Christopher Patrick Adam
Rowe Omar Reiss
Sinclair Jake Tony

Stoke City

Adeloye Oluwatomisin
Alabi James
Coulson Samuel Philip
Grant Alexander Ian
Palacios Suazo Wilson Roberto
Parry Robbie Jay
Ricketts-Hopkinson Nathan Alton
Sorensen Thomas
Thomas Adam Christopher
Ward Charlie
Wheeler Elliot Peter
Wilkinson Andrew Gordon

Sunderland

Brown Wesley Michael
Burke Peter
Cartwright Andrew
Dixon Joel Stephen
McNamee Thomas Gerard
Reveillere Anthony

Swansea City

Atyeo Thomas David Benjamin
Cornell David Joseph
Donnelly Ruaridhri
Francis Corey Benjamin
Gallifuoco Giancarlo
Jones Joseph Michael
March Kurtis Charles
Obeng Curtis
Owen Gareth Thomas
Tancock Scott Russell
Tate Alan
Tremmel Gerhard

Tottenham Hotspur

Archer Jordan Gideon
Ceballos Cristian
Friedel Bradley Howard
Khumalo Bongani
McEneff Aaron
McQueen Alexander Luke
Miles Jonathan David

West Bromwich Albion

Atkinson Wesley
Baird Christopher
Birch Aaron
Davidson Jason
Garmston Bradley
Jones Alexander
McAuley Gareth Gerald
Mulumbu Youssouf
O’Sullivan Mani

West Ham United

Bywater Kieran
Cole Carlton
De Carvalho Anderson Luis
Demel Guy Roland
Jaaskelainen Juusi Albert
Maguire Sean
McCallum Paul Leon Miller
Potts Daniel

The 2 Robbies podcast: Liverpool, Chelsea through to UCL knockouts

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle on Liverpool’s nervy 2-0 win against Red Bull Salzburg to take first place in Group E of the Champions League (1:55), Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Lille to secure a place in the Round of 16 (13:15) and who is the current favorite to win it all (20:45).

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Plus, what Arsenal’s come-from-behind 3-1 win at West Ham means for both London clubs (29:10) and the Robbies discuss what they’re looking forward to most at the next Live Premier League Mornings Fan Fest in Miami Beach (46:05).

To listen to more lively conversations and passionate debate from Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, subscribe to The 2 Robbies Podcast on Apple Podcasts or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

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PL Club Power Rankings: Week 16

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The Premier League didn’t issue too many surprises at the bottom of the table this week, but two top-tier sides didn’t behave as such and shook up our rankings.

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Chelsea and Man City have dipped low, and Bournemouth’s skid doesn’t have it sinking lower (yet) because of the teams beneath it.

Green: New season-high ranking
Red: New season-low

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20. Watford — Liverpool and Manchester United are next, and it’s looking a long way back to safety.
Last week: 20
Season high: 17
Season low: 20
Last match: Drew 0-0 v. Crystal Palace
Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday at Liverpool

19. Norwich City — Outshot, out-passed, our possessed Sheffield United at home and still lost. Bad vibes, man.
Last week: 18
Season high: 10
Season low: 20
Last match: Lost 2-1 v. Sheffield United
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Leicester City

18. West Ham United — Just feels like there’s something lurking below the surface here. Doesn’t smell right given the Irons talent.
Last week: 17
Season high: 5
Season low: 20
Last match: Lost 3-1 v. Arsenal
Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday at Southampton

17. Bournemouth — Losing to Liverpool is no shame, but it’s almost officially time to worry.
Last week: 16
Season high: 6
Season low: 17
Last match: Lost 3-0 v. Liverpool
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Chelsea

16. Aston Villa — Tom Heaton is a heck of a goalkeeper but he can’t be expected to save four A-plus danger chances per game.
Last week: 14
Season high: 8
Season low: 16
Last match: Lost 4-1 v. Leicester City
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Sheffield United

15. Southampton — West Ham and Villa back-to-back have to provide four points if Saints revival is to be believed.
Last week: 15
Season high: 13
Season low: 20
Last match: Lost 2-1 at Newcastle United
Up next: 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday v. West Ham United

14. Everton — Duncan Ferguson gives the Toffees board reason enough to be patient with their managerial hire, and then Napoli goes and fires Carlo Ancelotti.
Last week: 19
Season high: 5
Season low: 19
Last match: Won 3-1 v. Chelsea
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Manchester United

13. Burnley — The defending against Spurs — we know, Spurs are good — was enough to drop them far lower than four spots. Abject stuff from a Sean Dyche side.
Last week: 9
Season high: 5
Season low: 15
Last match: Lost 5-0 at Spurs
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Newcastle

12. Arsenal — Freddie Ljungberg started Nicolas Pepe, and Nicholas Pepe was his best player. Stunning stuff, really. Look at the assist below.
Last week: 13
Season high: 4
Season low: 12
Last match: Won 3-1 at West Ham
Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday v. Man City

11. Crystal Palace — I want to believe, but am holding out for something more. A derby win versus Brighton would suffice.
Last week: 7
Season high: 5
Season low: 18
Last match: Drew 0-0 at Watford
Up next: 2:45 p.m. ET Monday v. Brighton

10. Newcastle United — Again, Steve Bruce‘s men are getting tremendous Fortune and he’s pushing almost all the right buttons (It takes guts to start Andy Carroll over the struggling record signing Joelinton). This could be a sign of the Geordie Apocalypse.
Last week: 11
Season high: 11
Season low: 20
Last match: Won 2-1 v. Southampton
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday at Burnley

9. Sheffield United — A little wobbly lately, but still a good comeback at Carrow Road.
Last week: 10
Season high: 5
Season low: 17
Last match: Won 2-1 at Norwich City
Up next: 10 a.m ET Saturday v. Aston Villa

8. Brighton and Hove Albion — Doesn’t it say something that a country who starves for young, strong English coaches had one sitting in Sweden for eight years? Graham Potter is legit.
Last week: 12
Season high: 6
Season low: 18
Last match: Won 2-1 at Arsenal
Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday v. Wolves

7. Chelsea — Some of those young guys who’ve played so well, so early, are looking a little ragged. It’s a shame Frank Lampard is still waiting on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who will really help things take another step.
Last week: 5
Season high: 2
Season low: 12
Last match: Lost 3-1 at Everton
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Bournemouth

6. Manchester City — It probably has nothing to do with the system, and a lot to do with not having Aymeric Laporte, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane… Still, it needs to be better than a home derby loss to a Paul Pogba-less United.
Last week: 2
Season high: 1
Season low: 6
Last match: Lost 2-1 v. Manchester United
Up next: 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday at Arsenal

5. Tottenham Hotspur — We’re gonna need multiple screens on Sunday morning, as Wolves-Spurs and Man Utd-Everton are both must-monitor.
Last week: 8
Season high: 2
Season low: 16
Last match: Won 5-0 v. Burnley
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday at Wolves

4. Manchester United — Ole’s at the wheel, and still doesn’t feel like Lewis Hamilton or anything but we’re not worried about heading off a cliff.
Last week: 6
Season high: 2
Season low: 16
Last match: Won 2-1 at Man City
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Everton

3. Wolves — Beat Spurs on Sunday and I’ll go ahead and bet on them as a Top Four finisher, even after the Brighton draw failed to deliver the goods.
Last week: 3
Season high: 3
Season low: 17
Last match: Drew 2-2 at Brighton
Up next: 9 a.m. ET Sunday v. Spurs

2. Leicester City — Wow.
Last week: 2
Season high: 2
Season low: 10
Last match: Won 4-1 at Aston Villa
Up next: 10 a.m. ET Saturday v. Norwich City

1. Liverpool — Wow, only atop the table.
Last week: 1
Season high: 1
Season low: 3
Last match: Won 3-0 at Bournemouth
Up next: 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday v. Watford

Champions League Weds. preview: Two spots remain

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Only two spots remain in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, and those will be settled Wednesday afternoon.

In Group C, hosts Shakhtar Donetsk need to beat Atalanta to go through, while the visitors can also go through with a win if Dinamo Zagreb fails to defeat Man City.

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In Group D, Atletico Madrid is through with a win over Lokomotiv Moscow, though Bayer Leverkusen can complete a remarkable comeback from an 0-3 start to the group stage if they beat already-qualified Juve and Atleti loses to their Russian visitors.

You certainly wouldn’t be against Diego Simeone there, though.

“Tomorrow is a great opportunity, every day that you wear the Atletico shirt is,” Simeone said, via Marca. “I believe in my team, in the humility that they have at the moment. The results will come based on what they are demonstrating on the field.”

Premier League sides Man City and Tottenham Hotspur both have their fortunes settled, with City having won Group C and Spurs settled into Group B’s second spot, but they still have plenty to figure out on Tuesday.

Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are going up against a Bayern team that walloped them at home, while City is living an unusual 2W-3D-2L lull in form.

Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League action

12:55 p.m. ET
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Atalanta
Dinamo Zagreb v. Man City

3 p.m. ET
Club Brugge v. Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid v. Lokomotiv Moscow
Bayer Leverkusen v. Juventus
Paris Saint-Germain v. Galatasaray
Olympiacos v. Red Star Belgrade
Bayern Munich v. Tottenham Hotspur

Ancelotti fired by Napoli as Everton, Arsenal lurk

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Carlo Ancelotti won a place in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds, then lost his job.

The Napoli’s boss strained relationship with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis came to a head, with the Neapolitan side advancing in Europe to end a nine-match winless run.

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That run may’ve included seven draws, but it also saw Napoli dip into seventh on the Serie A table. They are seven points back of sixth and 17 points behind leaders Juventus.

A strained relationship got worse when Ancelotti refused to take the team on a De Laurentiis-ordered “team retreat” following a draw against Salzburg in early November.

Gennaro Gattuso is rumored as Ancelotti’s replacement, and the fired coach himself is being mentioned as an immediate target for Arsenal and Everton.

In fact, the Toffees are in discussions with the Italian legend already, according to Sky Sports. Football Italia claims Arsenal is in on the action, too.

Ancelotti has won the Champions League with AC Milan twice and a third time with Real Madrid. He’s claimed domestic titles in five of Europe’s top leagues, with silverware at Chelsea, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid.