NEWCASTLE have cut their losses with flop Yoshinori Muto, terminating his contract by mutual consent.
The 2018 Rafa Benitez signing cost the club a whopping £9.5million.
But the Japan international only managed to make 28 appearances in three years for the Magpies.
Muto scored on his first league start against Manchester United, and managed to bag a goal against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.
But the forward was shipped out on loan last season, spending his time in Spain playing for Eibar.
Muto didn’t have the best of loan spells in Spain, managing to find the net just three times across all competitions.
In a short statement released by Newcastle, the club wished the 29-year-old – who was on £54,000-a-week – well for the future.
It read: “Japan international forward Yoshinori Muto has left Newcastle United by mutual consent.
“The club and player have come to an agreement on the final year of his contract, with the 29-year-old making ten starts in all competitions following his 2018 move from Mainz 05.
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“He made a further 18 appearances from the bench and scored twice – the first on his first league start, away at Manchester United, and the other against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.
“Muto spent last season on loan with Eibar in Spain’s La Liga.
“Everybody at Newcastle United thanks him for his efforts at St James’ Park and wishes him well for the future.”
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