Aston Villa have confirmed that captain John Terry has decided to quit the club after failing to earn promotion to the Premier League.
The 37-year-old, who left Chelsea at the end of 2016-17 season, had signed a one-year deal with the Villans last summer.
Terry intended to bring Aston Villa back to the top flight, but the Villa Park side hit the rock as they faced a 1-0 defeat against Fulham on Saturday’s playoff.
A club statement read: “Aston Villa can confirm the club will part company with John Terry. 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 than 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 has played 36 games in all competitions for the West Midlands side in the 2017-18 season.