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Somerset announce Buttler departure
Jos Buttler is leaving Somerset in a bid to further his career as a wicketkeeper.
The England player has been strongly linked with a move to Lancashire and Somerset and Buttler have confirmed he will not be renewing his contract with the west country side.
Somerset chief executive Guy Lavender said: "Both Jos and the club have worked extremely hard over the last few months to find a solution which satisfies Jos' understandable desire to have more time behind the stumps in order to advance his international career.
"I would like to make it clear that he has behaved impeccably during this difficult process.
"However, the club, on a matter of principle and pragmatism, feels unable to offer a guarantee to Jos - or any other player - of selection in their preferred role.
"Such a situation would be unfair on team-mates as well as those selecting the side.
"We thank Jos for all he has done for the club and wish him well in the future."
Buttler may choose to boost his chances of appearing for England in Tests by joining Lancashire - he has been competing with Somerset team-mate Craig Kieswetter for a regular spot behind the stumps.
Although Buttler is ahead of the South African-born 25-year-old in England's pecking order, he has been largely used solely as a batsman at Taunton this season.
The highly rated 23-year-old would be the first choice wicketkeeper with the Red Rose after it was announced Gareth Cross would not be offered a new deal at Old Trafford.
Buttler said: "I am very sad to be leaving Somerset but feel it is a decision I must take in order to develop my expertise as a wicketkeeper.
"I am immensely grateful for all the help and support that everyone at Somerset has given me which has shaped the player and person I am today.
"I would like to wish the club the best of luck for the future."
Buttler caught the eye with impressive performances for England in the recently completed NatWest Series against Australia, following a blistering 75 in a losing cause in the second one-day international at Old Trafford with a match-winning 65 in the fourth match in Cardiff.