He is one of eight players released by the club.
Glenn Whelan has been released by Aston Villa. The Republic of Ireland midfielder joined the Midlands club from Stoke City on a two-year deal in 2017 and went on to make 73 appearances for them, scoring two goals.
Whelan helped Villa earn promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs, but will play no part of their campaign in the top flight next season.
On Saturday afternoon, the club announced that the 35-year-old is one of eight players who will depart Villa Park. Mile Jedinak, Alan Hutton, Tommy Elphick, Albert Adomah, Ritchie De Laet, Mark Bunn and Micah Richards have also been let go. Villa wished them all well in a statement on their website.
Whelan is currently with the Ireland squad as they prepare to play Denmark and Gibraltar in Euro 2020 qualifiers next week. The Dubliner began his career with Manchester City after joining them as a teenager from schoolboy side Cherry Orchard. He signed for Sheffield Wednesday in 2004 before joining Stoke three years later. Whelan went on to play 338 games for the Potters.
Villa fans paid tribute Whelan when news of his release was made public. The midfielder was rated highly by supporters of the club.
Appreciation Tweet for Glenn Whelan! 👏🏻 🦁
He had to win hearts at Villa Park, but he did us so proud! We will miss shouting “Whelooooo” from the stands 😢
— Beard Of The Match 🦁 (@BeardOfTheMatch) June 1, 2019
Glenn Whelan for me has been a phenomenal servant for us, especially this season. Some games thought I was watching Pirlo. His energy, awareness and control of the game was second to none at this level. The ultimate professional. Thanks Glenn, will never be forgotten 👍 #AVFC
— Reece (@Reece_AV) June 1, 2019
— Sean Langley (@seanlangley94) June 1, 2019
Back from the brink to win the hearts of Villa fans with some incredible performances in 2019. A bedrock of the side and a level head.
There's years left in him, but unfortunately not at Villa.
Thank you, Glenn. pic.twitter.com/stdVdPvQcF
— 7500 to Holte (@7500toHolte) June 1, 2019
Thank you Glenn Whelan.
For not only being a model pro but for your missed penalty against Preston 👍🏻
God knows where the club would be if you’d have scored it. 😳
— Chris Rowley (@chrisrowley4) June 1, 2019
Biggest surprise for me is to see Glenn Whelan depart.
The impact he had during Villa’s resurgence toward promotion can’t go unnoticed.
Changed games, provided a cool head and became a fan favourite. Some absolutely majestic showings this season.
— Luke Hatfield (@LHatfield_Star) June 1, 2019
— Max Stokes (@villaontour_) June 1, 2019
— thevillazone (@thevillazone) June 1, 2019
Thank you Glenn Whelan. You have been an integral part of our promotion winning team. You was very unfairly underated by some Villa fans at times. Sorry to see you haven't been offered a contract. Best of luck for the future. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/fC8l3f5ieb
— Richie Lion AVFC (@UpTheVillaB6) June 1, 2019
Goodbye and good luck to the mighty #GlennWhelan who played a huge role in Villa’s 10 game winning run, catapulting them into the playoffs! Looking forward to seeing you in a green jersey soon! https://t.co/c0ZPyHN0sw
— AVFCIrishLions (@AVFCIrishLions) June 1, 2019
— SRU L (@Sar007th) June 1, 2019