WANDERERS shocked supporters by announcing the departure of popular winger Filipe Morais.

The 32-year-old played 37 times for Phil Parkinson last season in a number of positions and had widely been expected to sign a new deal this summer.

But a surprising statement rushed out of the Macron Stadium at 5pm confirmed the club would not be offering a new contract, thanking Morais for his services.

The Bolton News understands Morais found out about his exit after reading a club tweet, linked to the official website. He had been coaching at his academy over the last few weeks and had not been in contact with any of the Wanderers staff.

Wanderers announced the signing of Erhun Oztumer yesterday and are believed to be busy in the transfer market as they build a side capable of progressing in the Championship. Nevertheless, news of Morais's departure has raised eyebrows right around the club.

Signed on a free transfer from Bradford City in February 2017, the former Chelsea youth star played a major part in Wanderers' promotion from League One, scoring two goals and supplying 14 assists. His reliable delivery from wide areas earned him the nickname 'Postman' among the Bolton supporters.

Morais signed a one-year extension last summer and his versatility proved a valuable asset for Parkinson as his side battled to stay in the Championship.

Speaking last month to The Bolton News, he said: "“Given the opportunity next season I feel I can kick on and improve. I know the gaffer will want to push on and make a better team, and I can go up another level too.”

Meanwhile, Chris Taylor - released by Wanderers at the end of the season - has signed a one-year deal with League One Blackpool.

The 31-year-old made 23 appearances for Bolton during their League One promotion campaign but started just three games. He did not play a single minute of football last season after a succession of injuries.