Atletico release Seitaridis

MADRID - Atletico Madrid have released unsettled Greek defender Giourkas Seitaridis a year before his contract expires, the Primera Liga club said on Wednesday.

"Seitaridis is therefore free to negotiate with other clubs who may be interested in signing him," they said on their website.

Atletico temporarily dropped Seitaridis and Portuguese midfielder Maniche at the end of last month after they failed to turn up to a league match they were not selected for, contrary to club rules. Maniche has also been released.