AC Milan have confirmed that Nigel De Jong has terminated his contract with the club by mutual consent ahead of a possible move to MLS.
The Dutch midfielder has struggled for playing time under coach Sinisa Mihajlovic this season, which in turn has forced him to consider his options elsewhere.
Despite playing a crucial role for the Rossoneri at times last season, the former Manchester City star will now look ahead to a new challenge with a move to LA Galaxy touted as a real possibility.
“AC Milan announces that Nigel De Jong’s contract with the club has been mutually terminated,” a statement read on the club’s official website.
“AC Milan would like thank the Dutchman for his determination, commitment and professionalism with which he has played for the club during his days with the red and black colours. We wish him all the success possible and all the very best for the next stage of his career.”
De Jong arrived in Milan in 2012, and made almost 80 appearances for the club as he remained a commanding presence in their midfield through a difficult period with several coaching changes.
With Mihajlovic favouring the likes of Riccardo Montolivo, Andrea Bertolucci and Juraj Kucka this season, the 31-year-old will potentially now link up with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole in California.