Former England captain John Terry has announced that he is quitting Aston Villa following a disappointing season where they failed to gain promotion to the English Premier League.
In a statement on Wednesday, the former Chelsea defender said: “Today I part ways with Aston Villa Football Club. I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to play and captain this great and huge club.”
Despite his age, Terry made a telling contribution at Villa and captained them as they finished fourth in the regular season, securing a spot in the playoffs.
It had been reported that a one-year extension was to be handed to the centre-back if Villa managed to return to the Premier League, but a 1-0 defeat to Fulham in the play-off final ended those plans.
A statement from club owner Tony Xia earlier on Wednesday hinted at imminent changes, as he told supporters Villa “will face severe FFP [Financial Fair Play] challenges next season”.
And it will come as a surprise to few that Terry, whose contract was reportedly worth £80,000 per week, is the first to move on.