He'll be missed. He's one of our most important players. He was instrumental in beating United. He's better than Skrtel and I prefer him to Agger, so having him as a back-up to those two was very handy.
There was a time when we had the best centrebacks in the league. Him and Henchoz were superb around 01/03. We rarely conceded goals from corners because he was so commanding in the box.
In a season where we've been knocked out of two huge competitions by our inability to defend set pieces, it seems a bit disconcerting that he's being let go in my opinion.