Wolfsburg confirmed that they have decided to terminate the contract of their striker Nicklas Bendtner with immediate effect.
The 28-year-old was at Arsenal from 2005 and after spending his final seasons away from the Emirates on loan, Arsene Wenger allowed the Danish international to leave the north London club as a free agent in 2014.
He joined the Bundesliga outfit on a three-year deal and as per his contract, he was expected to stay at Volkswagen Arena until 2017. However, the German outfit have confirmed on 25 April that they have parted ways with the former Premier League frontman.
"Striker Nicklas Bendtner is no longer a VfL Wolfsburg player. The contract with the 28-year-old Dane, which had been valid until June 2017, has been terminated with immediate effect," a statement read on Wolfsburg's official website.
"Bendtner had not trained with the team for quite some time and was recently exempted from participation. The striker joined VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer in the summer of 2014 and since then made 47 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals."
Bendtner had a disruptive season at Wolfsburg and he has himself to blame for the same. In March, he was fined by the club after he arrived 45 minutes late for the training. When questioned as to why he was late, the striker told Bild, “I just slept in and didn’t hear my alarm, it’s my mistake.”
That was not the only off-the-field incident as he was fined by the club for posting a photo on Instagram next to a Mercedes, which is Wolfsburg's main sponsor Volkswagen's rival. In addition to this, he missed several training sessions and the German club decided it was best for both parties to part ways after the series of incidents.
Wolfsburg director of sport Klaus Allofs admitted that Bendtner's progress did not go as per the plan and admitted that "it made no sense" to continue at the club.
“Both Nicklas and ourselves had high hopes of his engagement at VfL Wolfsburg, but after two years, we have had to ascertain that the expectations were neither fulfilled for him nor for us and a continued cooperation made no sense for either side," Allofs explained.
"For that reason, the mutual decision to end our association prematurely is thus the best solution for all parties. We wish Nicklas all the very best for his future career."Published 26 Apr 2016, 12:57 IST