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Terry announces Villa exit after play-off defeat

John Terry has announced his departure from Aston Villa after their 1-0 defeat to Fulham in the Championship play-off final on Saturday.

The Villains had a solid season in the second tier of English football, but fell at the final hurdle in their bid to get back into the Premier League, two years after their relegation.

Terry, who moved to the midlands club last summer on a free transfer after his contract expired at Chelsea, had previously hinted that he would like to stay at Villa Park next season, providing they gain promotion.

However, Saturday’s failure has seen his 12 month stint at the club come to an end as he looks to make one final hurrah in England’s top flight.

In a message to his followers on Instagram, Terry 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.

“I have given my everything this year both on and off the pitch and I’m still hurting today that we never managed to get back to the Premier League, where this club 100 percent belongs.

“I would like to thank Steve Bruce who was instrumental in me joining Villa, I have learnt so much from him as a manager this season that will stay with me forever. Also, I’d like to thank all the staff and players and our owner Dr Tony [Xia], who it was a real pleasure and honour to work with every day.

“Finally, a special thank you to the Villa supporters who have supported us both home and away in their thousands, up and down the country and have been amazing to me on a personal level. Villa will always have a place in my heart and I will look back on my time here and think about how close we were to reaching our goal.

“But now going forward, I would like to wish the management, staff, players and supporters good luck for the future.”

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