Max Meyer has left Crystal Palace, after the club confirmed that they have terminated the German’s contract.
Meyer, who has played four times for Germany, was signed in August 2018, which, at the time, was seen as a massive coup, as Palace only had to pay £450,000 in compensation fees for the then 23-year-old.
The only setback of that deal was that his wages came at a cool £170,000 per week plus bonuses, which Palace have been desperate to offset due to his lack of impact at the club.
Max Meyer has only played once for Crystal Palace this season – in an EFL Cup game
The German hardly featured under manager Roy Hodgson – playing just once this season in an EFL Cup game against Bournemouth in September.
He had six months left on his contract, but the termination of it benefited both parties, with Meyer wanting to leave in order to get first-team football.
Meyer played 56 times for the Eagles, scoring just twice. Bundesliga strugglers Cologne, who are battling against relegation this season, are believed to be interested in him.
Speaking in a press conference before Meyer left the club, Hodgson said:
‘Max has been the perfect professional, done all his work and hardly missed a day of training,’
‘He wants to play and needs to play. It is pretty obvious at the moment with the competition for places we have got here and the players I have been using, he has been marginalised.
‘I wouldn’t be surprised if Max is knocking on the door to move on and if that is the case, I might have to reluctantly agree he has not been given the chances here to show what he could do, so if there is someone else that would give him that it would have to be considered.’
Roy Hodgson was reluctant to let Meyer go, but the club wanted to offset his £170,000 wages