Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz is now a free agent after terminating his contract with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon.

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boulahrouzAccording to Voetbal International, Boulahrouz wanted to transfer to a new club before the end of the summer transfer window, but after failing to move, he has decided to end his contract with Sporting.

His deal with the Lisbon side would have ran until 2014, but the player is now free to negotiate with any club, with a move back to Netherlands possibly an option.

Boulahrouz leaving now means Sporting Lisbon no longer contract any Dutch internationals, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel, and Stijn Schaars also leaving this summer.

The now 31 year old defender started his career with RKC Waalwijk, making 72 appearances for the club over four seasons, before he was snapped up by German side Hamburg.

After impressing for the Bundesliga side in two seasons at the club, the defender then moved to England to join Chelsea, but his time in England was not a success, and he left after only one season, and 20 games.

A move to Sevilla followed, but once again it was only a short stay, with Boulahrouz returning to the Bundesliga with Stuttgart the following summer. Four years with Stuttgart got his career back on track, and last summer Sporting Lisbon snapped the Dutch international up, after Boulahrouz left Stuttgart on a free.

Injuries have plagued his time in Portugal, with the player leaving after only 12 appearances. A full Dutch international, Boulahrouz has represented his country 35 times.

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