Shola Ameobi has thanked 'everyone at Newcastle United' as it is announced he is leaving after 14 years at the club - but said he hasn't ruled out a comeback 'in some capacity'.
In a statement on the NUFC website, he said both parties felt it was the 'right time' to part company and added:
"I've been at Newcastle United all my career and I've enjoyed every moment and always worn the famous shirt with pride. I am now looking forward to starting a new chapter in my career.
"I would like to place on record a big thank you to everyone at Newcastle United.
"I wish the Club great success in the future and I'm sure with the team and management they have, Newcastle United will go from strength to strength.
"Finally, a big thank you to the supporters who have always been fantastic.
"I hope to come back to Newcastle United one day in some capacity to help repay some of the faith and loyalty that everybody connected to the Club has shown me during my time here."
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