West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans reportedly pulled out of the Baggies’ last game of the season with a text message to Darren Moore.

The Express and Star report that that 30-year-old sent the message before Saturday’s training session ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace the following day.

The match eventually finished 2-0 to Palace, with Wilfried Zaha and Patrick Van Aanholt scoring the goals.

Evans was set to be a substitute at Selhurst Park, as he has been for the majority of Moore’s caretaker reign, but was replaced on the bench by Gareth McAuley.

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With the Baggies’ relegation finalised, Evans is likely to move on due to the modest release clause of £3million in his contract.

Speculation about his future has been mounting since last summer, and bids of much greater value from Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester City were all rejected.

West Brom supporters will be disappointed that his stay at the club had to end like this, as the defender was a key player at the heart of the defence for a number of years.

However, ever since the squad’s infamous trip to Barcelona and the incident with the taxi, he has not been held in as high of a regard.

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