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Jonas Olsson leaves West Brom after nine years

Jonas Olsson Credit: PA

West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson has left the club after nine years at the Hawthorns.

The 34-year-old is joining Djurgården IF in his home country of Sweden.

He made a total of 253 appearances and scored 14 goals for the Baggies.

Albion and Olsson mutually agreed to terminate the remaining months of his contract.

It's all happened so quickly I've not had chance to say a proper farewell to so many people.

I will be back at the first chance to do that. But I'm really grateful to the club for helping me sort out this transfer.

I still feel I have a few good years in me but such is the quality of the competition at Albion for places in my position, it was getting harder and harder to see a first team opportunity.

Albion has been and will always be a huge part of my life and it is great to feel I am leaving it in such a strong position.

– Jonas Olsson

More to come from Livermore next season - Pulis

Jake Livermore joined West Brom from Hull in January Credit: PA

West Brom boss Tony Pulis thinks Jake Livermore is still to hit top gear despite ending his England exile.

The midfielder has made Gareth Southgate's squad for the Three Lions' games against Germany and Lithuania this month.

England travel to Germany for a friendly on March 22 before hosting Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier four days later.

Livermore moved from Hull for £10million in January and has made six appearances for the Baggies ahead of Saturday's Premier League visit of Arsenal.

His only cap came in a friendly against Italy in 2012 and Pulis urged the 27-year-old to impress as Livermore aims to become the first outfield Baggies player to feature for England since Steve Hunt in 1984.

I still think we'll see the best of him next season. With Jake it was just important to get him to a club where he felt a lot more secure. coming here he feels at home. That's the best way of describing it.

He's got the opportunity and that's the great thing. He has the opportunity to train and show what he can do.

I spoke to Dan [Ashworth, FA technical director], he'd rung me earlier in week, so I knew there was something, but didn't know he was selected. He asked me about the kid, my thoughts.

It is brilliant for Jake, now I hope he really pushes on, gets a real identity about his game to put him in position where he knows his strengths and weaknesses. He's got all the tools to be a really good player.

– Tony Pulis



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