Paul Tisdale has today confirmed that both Ousseynou Cisse and Brandon Thomas-Asante will depart MK Dons following the expiration of their contracts.
Tisdale, who was speaking to the media to recap the Club’s successful campaign, noted that both Cisse and Thomas-Asante will depart Stadium MK this Summer.
“I’m very disappointed to see them go – as I am with any player – I can't thank them enough for their contributions,” Tisdale told the media.
“You build a team throughout the course of the year, the way it thinks, the camaraderie, and all the things that create that feeling of a team - Brandon and Ouss have been very much a part of that.
“I’ve got the task of looking at what we are doing for next season, every situation is different, there isn’t a player who isn’t good enough to go into next year’s squad.
“When I look at what signings I can do for next season, I can’t accumulate 40/50 players - unfortunately I have to make a few decisions.
“Brandon is a young player and for his benefit, it’s the right time to look to play consistent continual football at first-team football. He’s certainly good enough to step up as part of the squad, but we have to be realistic about it.
“He’s enjoyed three very good years here and he’s contributed largely, but it’s time he took the next step in his career. He’s the sort of player in two-year’s time, hopefully, we will see doing very well and we can be very proud of him – but it was the right time for him.
“Ouss, I’ve got a lot of midfield players and he is out of contract. I’d have loved it if he could stay, in terms of having him here and the type of individual he is. He’s an example to many in terms of working through difficult times and how to conduct yourself during tough times.
“I can’t afford to keep everybody and I also want to make one or two signings – I have to clear some room. I’m really upset to see him go, I gave him a massive hug when he left the other day - I really appreciate the season I had to work with him.”