Sunday Feb 23, 2020. 16:00
Championship club Stoke City and DR Congo international Giannelli Imbula have agreed, by mutual consent, to a cancellation of their contract with 18 months remaining on the deal.
The 27-year-old, who was born in Belgium but has represented the Leopards at senior international level, was Stoke’s record signing in January 2016 when he was bought for £18.3 million from Porto.
However, he made only 28 appearances for the Potters and has spent the last three seasons out on loan – at Tolouse (France), Rayo Vallecano (Spain) and Lecce (Italy).
His loan to the latter Serie A side was cancelled on Friday when Lecce released the following statement: “The US Lecce announces that it has consensually terminated the contractual relationship with the footballer Giannelli Imbula.”
And just a day later, Stoke announced the termination of his contract. Their 29-word message read: “Stoke City can confirm that Giannelli Imbula’s contract with the Club has been cancelled by mutual consent, subject to regulatory approval. We wish Giannelli well in his future career.”
The DRC player will become a free agent once the contract termination is complete, with possible transfers to Lokomotiv Moscow and the Chinese Super League reportedly in the offing.