Aston Villa have released striker Nathan Delfouneso.

Delfouneso, an academy graduate who spent last season on loan at Coventry, departs after 50 appearances following his debut, aged 17, in the UEFA Cup tie against Icelandic side FH Hafnarfjorour in August 2008.

Villa boss Paul Lambert said: "We also wish Nathan the best for his career and thank him for his efforts since he, too, graduated from our academy."

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