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Chelsea release Hasselbaink

Published: Wednesday 30 June 2004, 22.23CET
Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has become a free agent after being released by Chelsea FC.
 

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Published: Wednesday 30 June 2004, 22.23CET

Chelsea release Hasselbaink

Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has become a free agent after being released by Chelsea FC.

Chelsea FC have agreed to release striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink from the final year of his contract, making the 32-year-old a free agent.

Record-equalling fee
Hasselbaink signed for a then English Premiership record-equalling €22m transfer fee from Club Atlético de Madrid in June 2000 and spent four seasons at Stamford Bridge, making 177 appearances and scoring 87 goals.

Scoring recprd
The Dutch marksman ended last season's campaign as Chelsea's top scorer for the third time with 17 goals, and became the club's tenth highest scorer of all time in the process. But he also became disillusioned with Chelsea's squad rotation policy that restricted him to 22 league starts last term.

International honours
Hasselbaink won 23 international caps for the Netherlands, scoring nine goals, after making his debut in a 0-0 draw against Cameroon in May 1998. He appeared for his country in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but narrowly missed out on selection for UEFA EURO 2000™.

Scoring prowess
He has found the net regularly for all the clubs he played for in the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and England, scoring 34 goals in 69 league games for Leeds United AFC between 1997 and 1999 and 24 league goals in 34 matches for Atlético.

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