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Jay Dasilva’s time at Bristol City is over after he was released by the club

Bristol City have confirmed that Jay Dasilva along with seven players will depart the club this summer.

The Robins had until Saturday to submit their retained list to the EFL and have now gone public. Dasilva was offered a new contract in January revealed Nigel Pearson last week but he will not be remaining at Ashton Gate.

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Dasilva was subject of transfer interest from Coventry City on deadline day and may have moved had Jack Currie’s proposed move from AFC Wimbledon gone through. Swansea City have since been linked with a move for the former Chelsea prospect, and Dasilva will now entertain offers from any interested parties.

In an interview with BBC Radio Bristol last week, Pearson said: “There was a lot of talk about Jay leaving in January but I think Jay has been a very reliable performer, and I think he has a good season for us as well.

“We’ll see how that plays out. If you cast your mind back to Nathan Baker who was initially on the list of players to be released, we ended up re-signing him.

“The climate in the game has changed somewhat and everyone is being careful with their finances. We’ve made offers to the players and we’ll see how that goes.”

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Pearson’s comments last week hinted that Dasilva could rejoin the squad in the summer should a move to a new club not come to fruition, but his message to the fans signal his time is over with the club. The 25-year-old joined in the summer of 2019 on a permanent deal following a loan spell and made 144 appearances for the club, creating 11 goals and scoring twice.

Nathan Baker is amongst the list of departures, but he announced his retirement from professional football in August. He was advised to retire on medical grounds after a head injury suffered against Sheffield United. The club continued to pay Bakers contract up until its expiry date, which was this summer.

Taylor Moore and James Morton - who have appeared for the first-team before, are also leaving along with Under-21’s players Will Buse, Prince Henry, Josh Owers, Joe Porton and James Taylor who have also been let go by the club.

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