And the band say it was their decision to part company with their drummer...

ALAN WHITE is out of OASIS – and the band say they’ve asked him to leave.

The future of the drummer has been the subject of intense speculation all week after a tabloid newspaper claimed he was to quit the group because of problems with tendonitis.

White joined Oasis after original drummer Tony McCarroll was booted out before the recording sessions for classic second album ‘What’s The Story (Morning Glory)’ in 1995. White is the closest thing the Gallaghers have to a founder member besides themselves, having played on four albums and countless tours.

A spokesperson for the band contacted NME.COM today, and confirmed White had left the band.

She said:”Alan White has been asked to leave Oasis by the other band members. There are no plans to replace Alan. The band’s scheduled recording sessions remain unaffected.”

Oasis will release their new album later this year, possibly in September. NME.COM understands Noel has been drumming on the early demos.