Hashemian to leave Bochum
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Iran striker Vahid Hashemian will leave Bochum after the club revealed they would not renew his contract.

Hashemian, who has 50 caps for Iran, spent a total of five years with the club, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated to the second division last season. Following the club's relegation, Hashemian has not been offered a new deal, meaning he will be free to find himself a new club from the end of the month.'

"I have always been happy at this club," he told the club's website. The years spent with Bochum were the best in my Bundesliga career and I will always be a Bochum fan at heart. I wish the club and the fans all the best for the future."

Hashemian arrived in Germany in 1999, joining Hamburg from PAS Tehran. He then moved to Bochum in 2001 and was a key figure in their qualification for the UEFA Cup in 2004, scoring 16 goals that season. That tally also earned him a move to Bayern Munich, but he failed to make the breakthrough in Bavaria and didn't manage to score a single goal, leaving after just one season.

He tried to resurrect his career with Hannover before moving back to Bochum in 2008. Although he did not play much last season, and could not help the Westfalian club stay up, Bochum's director of sport Thomas Ernst nevertheless had warm words for the 33-year-old.

"Vahid has not only given the club a lot on the field, he is a polite gentleman with good manners," he said. "Since he always gave everything in every game, he rightly became a fans' favourite. We thank Vahid for his five years with Bochum and wish him all the best for his future."