Newcastle United release Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, who calls out owner Mike Ashley

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Newcastle United’s summer transfer season is surely underway with the releasing of two players, Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor.

Both will have their contracts will expire on June 30 and will become free agents then. These men were among others–Jak Alnwick, Adam Campbell and Remie Streete–who were also let go.

“Ryan and Jonas have both contributed significantly to Newcastle United over a number of years and on behalf of the board, I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both players for the excellent service they have given the club,” United’s managing director Lee Charnley said.

At Newcastle, Taylor, 30, made 110 appearances and scored 10 goals after signing on from Wigan Athletic in 2009 but has struggled with knee injuries. In 2012, the defender tore a cruciate ligament in his right knee which kept him sidelined for almost the entirety of the 2012-13 season. At its conclusion, he aggravated his injury again and was next seen on the pitch in October 2014.

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He re-injured his bad knee again this year but came back right after the winter transfer window.

Gutierrez, 34, moved from Spanish side Mallorca to Newcastle United in 2008 and has scored 12 goals in 205 appearances. He battled testicular cancer during the season and was responsible for both goals in a 2-0 win over West Ham last weekend that ensured the Magpies’ survival in the Premier League.

Following his release, Gutierrez subtly criticized owner Mike Ashley; additionally, he thanked Newcastle supporters for their encouragement as he coped with his affliction.

“Two things I learn from my illness: how you can support a player [Newcastle fans] and how you leave a player alone [Newcastle owner],” he said, via his official Twitter account.

“Thanks to all football fans and Newcastle fans for supporting me and [having] trust in me.”