Bjelland leaves Brentford

Danish international defender Andreas Bjelland has left Brentford on a free transfer after rejecting an offer of a new contract, the club have confirmed.

The 29-year-old spent the past three seasons with the Championship club, making 65 appearances despite being limited due to injuries.

Bjelland played 35 games last season in helping the Bees to a ninth-place finish in the second tier, only six points outside the playoffs.

The defender was also part of the Denmark national team that qualified for this summer’s World Cup but missed the tournament in Russia due to injury.

Andreas Bjelland arrived at Griffin Park for a club record fee of £3 million from FC Twente back in June 2015.  However, a knee ligament injury saw him miss the entire season.

He quickly established himself as an important part of the Brentford defence when he returned the following season, initially playing at left-back before settling into his natural centre-back responsibility.  The London club have more than a month before the start of the new season to find a replacement.