John Terry to part company with Aston Villa

John Terry is leaving Aston Villa, the club have confirmed.

Chelsea legend Terry joined Villa on a one-year deal last summer and captained the side this season.

Villa finished fourth in the Championship but narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League after a 1-0 loss to Fulham in the play-off final last weekend.

“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.”