CHELSEA LEGEND JOHN TERRY LEAVES ASTON VILLA

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Chelsea legend John Terry has left Aston Villa in the aftermath of their Championship Play-Off Final defeat to Fulham.

Terry joined Aston Villa last summer with the stated aim of helping them return to the Premier League after their relegation in 2016.

“We would like to place on record our most sincere thanks for the effort and professionalism he showed with us last season,” a statement from Aston Villa confirmed.

“John is a true leader and was everything and more that we hoped.  Hugely popular and influential in the dressing room, he played a real captain’s role in creating the incredible bond the players shared with our supporters, and vice-versa.

“We hope he looks back on his time with Villa fondly and we wish him the very best as his career moves forward.”

Terry said: “I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to play and captain this great and huge club.

“I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch and I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100 per cent belongs.

“I would like to thank Steve Bruce who was instrumental in me joining Villa, I have learnt so much from him as a manger this season that will stay with me forever. Also, I’d like to thank all the staff and players who it was a real pleasure and honour to work with everyday.”

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