Nottingham Forest Bids Farewell to Three Senior Players

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End of an Era for Forest Veterans

Nottingham Forest has confirmed the departure of three experienced players following their successful battle against relegation in the Premier League. The club, which secured its place in the top flight with a 2-1 victory over Burnley on the final day, is making strategic changes to the squad as they prepare for a third consecutive year in the Premier League.

Contract Expirations Lead to Squad Shakeup

The club has released their retained list, signaling the end of the road for Felipe, Cheikhou Kouyate, and Wayne Hennessey, whose contracts are set to expire this summer. All three players have been instrumental in Forest’s journey since their promotion from the Championship under the guidance of Steve Cooper.

Felipe Hangs Up His Boots

Felipe, the Brazilian defender who joined from Atletico Madrid in January 2023, has made 25 appearances for Forest. The 35-year-old has announced his intention to retire this summer, drawing the curtain on a career that spans over 400 appearances for both club and country.

Kouyate’s Influential Presence

Senegalese midfielder Kouyate, formerly of Crystal Palace and West Ham, has been a key figure in Forest’s survival, contributing significantly since his arrival. The 34-year-old has played 36 times for the Reds, leaving a lasting impact in the heart of midfield.

Hennessey Waves Goodbye

Welsh international goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is also set to become a free agent. Although he only featured four times in his two-year stint, the 37-year-old has been praised for his role within the goalkeeping department at the club.

Loan Players Return to Parent Clubs

The club has also announced the conclusion of loan spells for five players, including left-back Nuno Tavares, whose time at Forest has been underwhelming following his move from Arsenal in 2021. Liverpool’s Divock Origi will return to AC Milan, while young American talent Gio Reyna heads back to Borussia Dortmund. Gonzalo Montiel and Rodrigo Ribeiro are also set to leave following the end of their temporary stays.

As Nottingham Forest looks to the future, these departures mark a significant reshaping of the squad, with the club poised to build on their Premier League survival and aim for greater heights in the upcoming season.

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