Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper Deyan Iliev has left the club after nine years.
The 26-year-old twice extended his contract since being signed by Arsene Wenger in 2012 but never played for the first team. He did make the bench a few times, including for the 2019 Europa League final.
The Macedonian has been on loan at Slovak side SKF Sered this season but in terminating his Gunners contract by mutual consent has also cut himself free of that arrangement to become a free agent.
A decade ago I came in as a boy and now I am leaving as a man. The place I call my home, the people I call my family.Thanks to everyone at the club for the opportunity and support. It was an honor working with the best staff and the best teammates. Once a gunner always a gunner pic.twitter.com/j6E36acgim
— Dejan Iliev (@ilievdejan) January 17, 2022
Iliev also spent short spells with Polish outfit Jagiellonia Bialystok and League Two Shrewsbury.
Not many players stick around for so long without tasting any action, in that respect, his case is definitely an odd one.
Anyway, all the best to Deyan. Hopefully, he finds a new club soon.