By Amir Mir
Steve Bruce has confirmed that Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak has been released early from his contract, which was due to expire in June.
The 27-year-old joined Villa from Italian side Lazio in 2013 for a fee of £7million when Paul Lambert was in charge of the club.
However, he leaves after four years in the Midlands, with his time at Villa Park ravaged by a number of big injuries.
Press Conference: Steve Bruce confirms @Libor_Kozak has been released as his current contract expires.
Good luck for the future, Libor. pic.twitter.com/j5fIfz1tvA
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) May 5, 2017
In January 2014, Kozak suffered a broken leg in training which ruled him out of action for over a year as he struggled to cement himself back into the squad since that leg break.
During his time at the club, Kozak made only 22 appearances in all competitions, scoring four goals.
He last played in September during the 3-1 defeat at Bristol City when Roberto Di Matteo was in charge.
Bruce is continuing his overhaul at the Championship side as Kozak is the second striker to leave Villa this week, with academy product Jeral Sellers also confirming his departure.
Football Insider verdict:
It was the correct decision to let Kozak leave the club but there is no doubt that he was badly treated during his time at Villa Park. He suffered a number of injuries during his time in the Midlands but upon his return, he was never given a fair run out by his managers. That included last season when Villa were struggling for goals and points during their relegation campaign. This term, there was no-one who could buy a goal other than star striker Jonathan Kodjia, so it is baffling why he wasn’t even given a chance.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, this 25-year-old should be axed for the clash against Brighton.