Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has been released by German Bundesliga side Schalke with immediate effect.
The 28-year-old’s contract has been cancelled despite the club still having two matches left to play this season.
Schalke’s decision comes less than 24 hours after a 2-0 defeat in Cologne that threatens their hopes of gaining a place in next season’s Europa League.
The club has also released forward Sidney Sam and suspended midfielder Marco Hoeger until the end of the week.
Schalke began the season with the ambition of qualifying for the Champions League but have struggled under coach Roberto di Matteo.