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Woodgate departs Spurs

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Jonathan Woodgate has been released by Tottenham after talks for a new deal broke down.

The 31-year-old only made a total of 65 appearances after joining from Middlesbrough in 2008.

However, the former Real Madrid and Newcastle United defender has only made one first-team appearance, a 31 minute cameo against AC Milan, in the last 15 months after suffering from a niggling groin injury.

Manager Harry Redknapp insisted that Woodgate could still cut it at the top level and talks of a pay-as-you-play deal collapsed leaving the defender a free agent with QPR and former club Leeds United both interested in signing the eight-capped international.

Goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa has returned to Spartak Moscow after his loan spell ended.

The Croatian international only made one first-team appearance during his stint at White Hart Lane.

Jonathan Obika, Adam Smith and Ben Alnwick have all signed contract extentions while academy players Zaine Francis-Angol and Olumide Durojaiye have been released following the culmination of their respective scholarships.

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