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Casado Cancels Bolton Wanderers Contract

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Spanish full-back walks out on Wanderers after struggling to hold down a first-team place

Jose Manuel Casado, pictured here tackling Lionel Messi last season, has cancelled his contract with Bolton Wanderers
Jose Manuel Casado, pictured here tackling Lionel Messi last season, has cancelled his contract with Bolton Wanderers
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Just nine months ago, Jose Manuel Casado was taking on the might of Lionel Messi and Barcelona as his side succumbed to a 4-0 defeat at the Nou Camp. But now he's clubless, having failed to make the grade at Bolton Wanderers and cancelling his contract after just five months with the club.

The phrase 'that player who played a bit but not much' could be applied to a whole host of Neil Lennon's summer signings, but Casado has chosen to walk away from the club ahead of the likes of Derik Osede, Francesco Pisano and Lawrie Wilson.

Wanderers announced the news this morning on their Twitter feed:

Casado, who came through the ranks at Barcelona, signed for Bolton on a free transfer from La Liga side Almeria in the summer, having also played for Rayo Vallecano, Malaga and Sevilla, where he was loaned out to Recreativo and Xerez. But he struggled to acclimatise to the English game and only mustered nine appearances for the club, largely as a replacement for the injured Dean Moxey at left-back.

Upon Moxey's return some fans have been clamouring for the Spaniard to be used in a more advanced role down the left flank, because he did have a cracking cross with his left peg. However, he'll probably be best remembered for not being the best defensively and being a walking yellow card - which earned him a sending off against Cardiff City.

The fact that he was probably on decent wages means the departure is best for both parties. But will you miss Jose Manuel Casado?