Former England captain John Terry’s spell at Aston Villa has come to an end.
The former Chelsea defender joined the Championship side on a free transfer last summer, and while the club had been hopeful of keeping him for a second season, the 37-year-old has instead decided to head for pastures new.
In a statement on the club’s website on Wednesday, Villa confirmed Terry’s departure while also praising tribute to the centre-back in a campaign that very nearly ended in promotion to the Premier League:
“We would like to place on record our most sincere thanks for the effort and professionalism he showed with us last season.
“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 made 35 Championship appearances for Villa last season, forging a strong partnership with Welsh international James Chester. While the club battled hard for promotion for much of the season, ultimately it ended in a play-off defeat to Fulham at Wembley last Saturday.
Little is known as to where Terry may end up next season – if, indeed, he deicdes to prolong his playing career at all. He may yet decide to hang up his boots and turn his hand to coaching or punditry.