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Stoke City have released £12m striker Saido Berahino.

Burundi international Berahino joined the Championship side from West Bromwich Albion in January 2017.

The 26-year-old scored just five goals in 56 appearances and last played for the club in February.

He was convicted of drinking and driving in May and was fined £75,000 and banned from driving for 30 months at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

In a one-line statement, the Potters said: “Stoke City can confirm that Saido Berahino has today left the club by mutual agreement.”

The former England Under-21 international had three years left on his five-and-a-half-year deal.

He was almost three times over the alcohol limit when his Range Rover was stopped in London’s West End at about 03:00 GMT on 18 February.

Berahino was arrested minutes after being robbed and while the court heard there was “no dispute” that the robbery had taken place, magistrates found he “was not in fear of death or fear of serious injury”.

Chair of the bench Mark Oxenham said Berahino’s girlfriend had driven the car immediately beforehand and “could have continued the journey away from the scene”.

It was also heard that Berahino had previous convictions of drinking and driving in 2015 and being drunk in charge of a vehicle in 2012.