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André Moritz Officially Leaves Bolton Wanderers

Whites midfielder André Moritz has officially left Bolton Wanderers after failing to agree a new deal at the club. Moritz is now a free-agent and will leave the club for nothing under the Bosman ruling.

Clint Hughes

Andre Moritz initially signed a 1-year deal with Bolton Wanderers last summer which saw him snub the bright-lights of the Premier League with Crystal Palace to reunite with his former manager at Selhurst Park, Dougie Freedman.

The Brazilian playmaker enjoyed a mixed season in the north west, which was stalled by various niggling injuries. The 27-year-old made 23 appearances for Bolton in total, with the majority of those appearances being late cameo appearances from the bench. Despite this he still managed to find the net 7 times

Moritz has spent the last few weeks back in his native Brazil,mulling over his future. It has been confirmed that Dougie Freedman offered Moritz a new deal.  However, he was hoping for the Brazilian to take a wage cut, as the club is constantly looking to slash its wage bill. News has now emerged that Cypriot side APOEL Nicosia are interested in the player and that they will imminently offer him a deal, giving Moritz the chance to swap the Championship for the Champions League.

Reserve goalkeeper Arran Lee-Barrett has also left the club after Dougie Freedman decided against offering the 30-year-old a new deal. Lee-Barrett was brought in under an initial short term deal as cover for Andy Lonergan, after Adam Bogdan sustained a knee injury whilst training. During his short spell with the club he was limited to appearing for the club's reserves after failing to dislodge Lonergan and make his debut for the Trotters.

This day is also significant as it sees 4 other players leave the club. Club captain Zat Knight, Chris Eagles, Tyrone Mears and Jay Lynch have all officially left after Freedman decided against lengthening their stay at the Macron Stadium.

The only exception to this trend is Stuart Holden. His 1-year contract extension has officially expired today, but the 28-year-old is still wanted as he aims to return after another injury setback. The fans' favourite is currently in the USA recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament injury that he suffered whilst featuring against Everton's u21s in early March.