Monaco releases several players as it builds for next season

PARIS (AP) — Monaco took the first steps toward rebuilding for next season by releasing several players on Thursday, including creative forward Islam Slimani and veteran goalkeeper Danijel Subašić.

Slimani was on loan from Premier League side Leicester and finished with eight assists, the second highest in the league behind Paris Saint-Germain winger Ángel Di María (14).

Slimani formed a strong partnership with Wissam Ben Yedder, the highest scorer alongside PSG’s Kylian Mbappé with 18 goals when the season was ended 10 rounds early because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But Monaco decided against taking up the option to sign the Algeria forward permanently for a reported sum of 10 million euros ($11.2 million).

Subašić made nearly 300 appearances since joining
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