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John Terry: Aston Villa captain leaves after play-off closing defeat

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John Terry: Aston Villa captain leaves after play-off closing defeat

John Terry, who gained 78 caps for England, leaves Aston Villa after a single season

John Terry says he’s “hurting” after leaving Aston Villa, having given “all the things” of their failed bid to win promotion again to the Premier League.

Terry, 37, joined Villa on a one-year deal final summer season after leaving Chelsea and was appointed captain.

The final of the ex-England defender’s 36 appearances got here in Saturday’s play-off closing loss to Fulham.

“I’ll look again on my time right here and take into consideration how shut we have been to reaching our aim,” mentioned Terry.

The ex-England captain mentioned Villa supervisor Steve Bruce had been “instrumental” in him becoming a member of and had taught him issues that can “stick with me perpetually”.

He added: “I’ve given my all the things this 12 months each on and off the pitch and I am nonetheless hurting in the present day that we by no means managed to get again to the Premier League, the place this membership 100% belongs.”

Terry, who mentioned the membership will “all the time have a spot in my coronary heart”, didn’t make clear whether or not he’ll play on elsewhere.

‘An enormous miss’ – Bruce

Bruce, whose personal future is unclear, mentioned: “I’m extraordinarily dissatisfied we’re not able to maintain John. As you may count on, he was incredible each on and off the pitch. He shall be an enormous miss.”

Earlier than the play-off closing he had mentioned he hoped to retain the providers of the central defender, who made 492 league appearances throughout 19 years for Chelsea.

Previous to becoming a member of Villa final 12 months, Terry reportedly acquired an “eye-watering offer” from Turkish membership Galatasaray, whereas there was “particular curiosity” from China and the US.

He has additionally beforehand said a need to maneuver into administration, saying it might be “incredible” to handle his former facet Chelsea as soon as his taking part in profession ends.

In a press release Villa mentioned: “John is a real chief and was all the things and extra that we hoped. Vastly common and influential within the dressing room, he performed an actual captain’s position in creating the unbelievable bond the gamers shared with our supporters, and vice-versa.”

Villa ‘want to vary lots of issues’

Striker Jonathan Kodjia joined Aston Villa from Bristol Metropolis in August 2016 for a price that would rise to £15m

Terry’s exit is prone to be the primary of a busy summer season at Villa Park after chairman Tony Xia mentioned the membership should “rethink not solely the previous two years but in addition the previous 10 years”.

Xia told the club website: