West Ham have allowed midfielder Morgan Amalfitano to leave the club by mutual consent.

The 30-year-old former France international had been with the Hammers for just over a year, making 32 appearances and scoring three goals.

Amalfitano signed a new two-year deal back in March, but fell out with new manager Slaven Bilic during pre-season and was ordered to train with the club’s U21 squad.

After he was disciplined, Bilic said in his Evening Standard column: “The news is out that I have disciplined one of my players – Morgan Amalfitano – for a breach of rules.

“I would just say that my first and foremost job is to protect the whole team – myself, the staff and players.

“If I see anything or anyone threatening to harm the atmosphere and transgress those rules, then it has to be stopped. I haven’t changed much – Sam Allardyce had some great rules, and I am sure they haven’t changed for a long time.

“They are basic rules and if they are under threat, then I have to step in. I have to protect the team.”

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